How to Brush Your Teeth
Everyone knows how important it is to brush your teeth. Regular brushing of teeth serves several purposes. First, you keep your teeth clean from a buildup of harmful bacteria. This helps prevent common gum diseases as well as keeping your breath fresh. Second, regular brushing helps make each trip to the dentist less stressful.
However, the question often comes up of “How to Brush Your Teeth?”
Today, we want to share our advice for making the most of your time brushing.
First, Start with the right toothbrush.
Realistically, you should be replacing your toothbrush every three months. When you do, there are a few important things to look for:
First, is a variety of bristle sizes. Toothbrush manufacturers don’t put a variety of bristle sizes to show off their machinery. Each bristle size serves a very important purpose. Larger bristles serve to clean the larger surfaces of the tooth. Smaller bristles help get between teeth and clean out the bacteria and food particles that are hiding behind teeth and gums.
Second, look for an ADA seal of approval. That seal means that the model of toothbrush has been looked over by a professional, and approved it by that professional.
Let’s talk about toothpaste
The only thing more complicated than picking the right toothbrush is picking the right toothpaste.
There are many options now ranging from Fluoride to Whitening to enamel restoration to varieties of freshness. There are even toothpastes with Aloe Vera in them.
There is no right answer for everyone, so the best option is to talk with your dentist and find the best fit for your needs.
Time to get brushing
Now that we have what we need, it’s time to start brushing.
First, we need to think of how long we need to brush for. Dr. Rick recommends around a full minute per “section” of your mouth. That means a full minute on the left, then the right, then the front.
Second, we need to think about the direction of your brushing motion. We often get asked, what’s best? Up and down/side to side/circles?
The answer is Away from the gum. As long as you are pulling food particles and bacteria out of the gum, you are doing it right.
Of course, all of this brushing cannot compare to a trip to the dentist for a cleaning.