Looking to take your tooth brushing game to the next level? Well, look no further. This article will discuss in detail the proper techniques that should be used when brushing your teeth. Even though we’ve been brushing and flossing our teeth for many years, most of us are surprised to learn that we’re not doing it properly.
Brushing at least twice a day for a minimum of two minutes helps to remove food particles and dental plaque that can harm teeth and gums over time. Flossing every day helps to remove plaque, which can severely impact your oral health, and of course, food that’s stuck in crevices or between the teeth.
Did you know that brushing your teeth immediately after consuming acidic foods and drinks increases the chance of enamel erosion? This is likely because the exposure to acidic food and drinks during meals softens the enamel of your teeth.
Tooth Brushing Tips and Techniques:
To help stop dental erosion, drink or rinse with water immediately after consuming food. It is recommended that you either brush your teeth before your meals, or avoid brushing for at least 30 minutes after eating or drinking acidic foods or drinks. Try using a stopwatch to get a feel for the time involved.
To properly brush your teeth, use short, vibrating strokes, paying extra attention to the gum line, hard-to-reach back teeth and areas around fillings, crowns, implants or other restorations.
Here are some useful pointers on how to properly brush your teeth:
- Place the toothbrush at a 45°angle along the gum line. Move the toothbrush in a vibarting motion, and repeat for each tooth.
- Brush the inside surface of each tooth, using the same vibrating technique.
- Brush the chewing surface (top) of each tooth.
- Use tip of brush to brush behind each tooth — front and back, top and bottom.
- Be sure to brush your tongue to remove odor-causing bacteria.
These four steps are the best and easiest ways to help you remember how to care for your teeth, mouth, and gums:
- Brush at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste for at least two minutes, especially first thing in the morning and before bedtime.
- Floss every day – usually at bedtime.
- Limit the number of times you eat snacks each day.
- Visit your dentist every 6 months for an oral exam and professional cleaning.