What exactly is the proper way to brush? Many people have no idea how important it actually is. The right way to brush will take at least two minutes, yes that’s right, 120 seconds! Many adults do not even come close to brushing for that long. The best way to get a feel for the time needed is to use a stop watch. To brush your teeth properly use short, gentle strokes, paying attention to the gumline. Also the hard to reach back teeth around areas with fillings, crowns, bridges or implants. Below are the secret tips needed to get the most out of your brushing.
- Clean the outer surfaces of your upper teeth, then move down to your lower teeth, tilt the brush at a 45 degree angle against the gumline and sweep the brush away from the gumline
- Clean the inner surfaces of your upper teeth, then move down to your lower teeth using the same 45 degree angle as noted above
- Clean the chewing surfaces
- Be sure to brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen breath
Choosing a Toothbrush
What type of toothbrush should you use? Most dentists agree that a soft bristled brush is ideal for removing plaque and bacteria from your teeth. A smaller headed toothbrush is preferred because they are able to reach all areas of the mouth including the areas around the hard to reach back teeth.
Choosing a Toothpaste
It is very important that you choose toothpaste that’s right for you. Today there are a lot of different pastes for many conditions, including gingivitis, cavities, tartar, staining and sensitivity. Ask your dental hygienist or dentist which toothpaste is right for you.
Replacing your Toothbrush
Most people do not know when to replace their toothbrush. The best time to switch to a new brush is when it starts to show wear or every 3 months, whichever may come first. It is also important to change your brush after you’ve had a cold. The bristles on your brush collect bacteria and germs that can lead to reinfection.