In this article, we will discuss ways to brush your teeth. A shinier pair of white teeth not only highlights and brings an added dimension to your face, but helps in enhancing your self-appeal as well. It also makes you attractive, healthy and younger. The color of your teeth reflects your dental health. It is important to take care of your teeth and make sure they are healthy and white in order to enjoy good dental health. Our teeth perform one of the most important functions of our body вЂ“ to eat, and we all know we would die if we donвЂ™t eat. So teeth perform the most important function in our body and therefore we need to take proper care of them. Once you lose teeth, it is impossible to get them naturally and therefore it is important to look after them well.
Your teeth are also one of the most important features on your face; therefore, having yellow teeth will only give you more stare eyeballs. White teeth will not only give you confidence but will also leave a good impression on others. Proper cleaning is really important in order to flaunt those perfect whites. You should know the right technique to brush your teeth in order to maintain them for the longest time.
Know More About Your Teeth:
Plaque can cause gum disease and lead to tooth decay. Dentists agree that the most important part is the bristles that remove the bacteria and loosen plaque from your teeth and gums while you brush your teeth. Brushes also have various sizes of handles and different angles. Some are more flexible than others. And this has to be taken into consideration in order to brush your teeth properly. If you have a smaller mouth the size of the brushвЂ™s head is important too. The early symptoms of gum disease are often ignored, and what starts as just bleeding gums or bad breath can eventually cause severe oral health problems and even tooth loss. What we all need to adopt is the right technique of brushing that more effectively fights these harmful strains of bacteria in the mouth and helps us to maintain good dental health.
Complications with wrong brushing technique:
- Gum disease
- Bad breath
- Tooth loss
- Brain abscess
- Kidney disease
- Heart disease
- Pregnancy complications
Way to Brush Your Teeth With Right Technique:
Adopt the below techniques in order to brush your teeth in the best manner:
Things You Will Need:
- Saltwater (Optional)
- Mouthwash (optional)
- A good quality toothbrush
Choosing The Right Toothbrush
The best way is to buy a toothbrush with a small head and a compact, angled arrangement of long and short round-end bristles before you start to brush your teeth. Medium or soft bristles are best for most people. If you’re using an electric brush, one with an oscillating or rotating head may work better than a manual toothbrush to brush your teeth. The type of brush you use is more important than thoroughly cleaning your teeth at least twice a day. If in doubt, ask your dentist.
Choosing The Right Toothpaste
It’s important to use a toothpaste with the right concentration of fluoride. Check the packaging to find out how much fluoride each brand contains before you begin to brush your teeth.
Toothpaste that contains at least 1,350 parts per million (ppm) fluoride is ideal for each and every adult.
Children don’t need to use special “children’s toothpaste”. As long as it contains 1,350-1,500ppm fluoride children of all ages can use family toothpaste. A lower-strength, children’s toothpaste containing at least 1,000ppm fluoride is best for children aged six and under who don’t have tooth decay.
Below the age of three, children should use just a smear of toothpaste. A pea-sized blob of toothpaste should be used by children aged three to six years. Make sure children don’t lick or eat toothpaste from the tube.
Replace Your Toothbrush Regularly
The bristles will wear out over time, losing their flexibility and effectiveness. Every three to four months, or as soon as the bristles start to splay out and lose their shape, you should purchase a new toothbrush. Visual inspection of the toothbrush is more important than the actual timeline while you brush your teeth every day. It is a good idea to buy toothbrushes whose handles will change color when it’s time to purchase a new toothbrush, this would help to keep a check.
- Thousands of microbes call toothbrush bristle and handles “home,” and can cause infections, according to a research.
- Bristles become sharp due to friction and can cause your gums to bleed at about three months.
- Store your brush upright and uncovered so that it can dry before your next use after rinsing it thoroughly. Otherwise, bacteria will grow.
Use Dental Floss
It removes built up plaque, bacteria and food particles that get trapped between the teeth so flossing your teeth is just as important as brushing.В This can effectively help where soft floppy toothbrush bristles can’t reach even when used with up/down natural motion. In order to make sure that any food or bacteria that comes loose during flossing doesn’t remain in your mouth you should always floss before brushing your teeth.
Remember to floss gently. To prevent irritation of sensitive gums, don’t “snap” the floss between the teeth. Ease it down gently, following the curve of each tooth.
Look for dental picks instead if you find dental floss awkward to use, or you have braces. Choose the ones which you can insert between teeth, achieving the same results as flossing. Small wooden or plastic sticks are work bets here.
The Right Technique to Brush Your Teeth:
Use of Toothpaste
Make sure you use only a pea-sized amount of toothpaste on your toothbrush before you start brushing. This is to avoid over-sudsing, tempting you to spit and finish too early when there is too much toothpaste. It is very unhealthy as it increases the risk of you ingesting more fluoride-filled toothpaste.
Try brushing more gently with accurate, up/down motion only or switch to a toothpaste formulated for sensitive teeth if brushing is painful. This is a very important step when you start to brush your teeth every single day.
Use a 45-degree angle to set your bristles at the gum line.
Use a short, vertical or circular motion and gently brush your teeth. Don’t brush across your teeth. To have the correct brushing technique, ask your dentist or hygienist.
Take at least two minutes to brush your teeth.
Brushing just a few teeth at a time, work your way around your mouth in a circle so that you get every tooth, spending about 12 to 15 seconds in each spot. If it helps, you can divide your mouth into quadrants: top left, top right, bottom left, and bottom right. If you spend 30 seconds on each quadrant, you’ll get a full two minutes to brush your teeth properly.
It is best to start at the outside lower left teeth, moving to the outside lower right. After this is done. Move to outside upper right and upper left. Now move the brush to inside uppers and brush inside upper right. After this go inside lower right, and finally inside lower left while brushing.
Try brushing your teeth while watching television or hum a song to yourself while you brush if you get bored. To ensure that you brush thoroughly try brushing your teeth for the duration of an entire song.
DonвЂ™t Ignore the Molars
To ensure that the bristles are resting on top of your bottom molars position the toothbrush in such a way that it’s perpendicular to your lips. Move from the back of your mouth to the front and work the toothbrush in an in-and-out motion. In order to eliminate bacteria which have been dislocated from the surface, complete this motion doing a rotational movement of the brush. This action should be repeated on the other side of your mouth as well. Flip the toothbrush over and work on the top molars when the bottom teeth are clean.
To access outside top molars always swing the lower jaw to the side you are working on. In order to move your brush up and down by several times so that no sideways motion occurs, this is essential as it will increase the space available. You must remember to do this as itвЂ™s a crucial step while you brush your teeth every single day.
Inner Surfaces Need Cleaning Too
To ensure the head of the toothbrush is pointing towards your gum line, tip the toothbrush. Dentists report that the most commonly skipped area is the inside of the lower front teeth, so be sure not to forget those! By holding teeth apart with two or three fingers of your other hand, you can check this by opening your mouth wide. This will allow the correct vertical angle to reach the edge of gum while you brush your teeth.
Be Soft on Your Tongue
Use the bristles of your toothbrush to gently clean your tongue after you’ve cleaned your teeth. (Don’t press too hard, or you’ll damage the tissue.) This helps keep bad breath away and gets rid of bacteria on your tongue.
If you choose to rinse after brushing your teeth, take a sip of water from a disposable cup, or cup your hands under the faucet. Swish it around your mouth, and spit it out. This is to ensure that no fluoride is ingested even as some people feel that it reduces the efficacy of the topical fluoride treatment. There are also those who just don’t like having a toothpaste in their mouths! It may be better not to rinse, or rinse with just a small amount of water if you’re at a high risk of getting cavities.В Use a fluoride based mouthwash here.
Other studies have shown that rinsing after brushing has no significant impact on the effectiveness of brushing with a fluoride toothpaste.
Rinse Your Toothbrush
To remove any bacteria from the brush after you brush your teeth every single time hold your toothbrush under running water for a few seconds. If you don’t rinse the toothbrush properly, you can actually introduce old bacteria into your mouth the next time you use it. Rinsing also removes any leftover toothpaste. In order to dry out your toothbrush, place it in an airy location. Otherwise, bacteria can grow.
Use a Fluoride-Based MouthwashВ
Take a small sip of mouthwash, swish it in your mouth for about 30 seconds, and spit it out after brushing your teeth. Be careful not to swallow any.
Rinse Your Mouth With Salt Water
Salt water kills the bad bacteria on your teeth. ItвЂ™s essential to note here that it can erode teeth if used too often as salt water is acidic in nature. It’s better not to use it too often, as, like anything, too much of anything is bad.For a complete antibacterial protection rinse with a chlorhexidine mouthwash before going to bed, but do not use it for longer than two weeks in a row. This is a good step, although optional while you brush your teeth.
Brush Your Teeth at Least Twice a Day
Most dentists recommend that you brush your teeth at least twice a day вЂ” once in the morning and once before bed. If you can fit in a third time somewhere in the middle, even better! In order to effectively remove plaque and food/drink particles on your teeth, try brushing at a 45В° angle at all times. You should also try to avoid snacking between meals as much as possible, as this results in more food debris and bacteria building up in the mouth.
Avoid Snacks and Acid Attacks
In the past 50 years, itвЂ™s not only what we eat that has dramatically changed, but also how often we eat, and that has had a big impact on dental health. After you eat, your mouth becomes acidic for roughly 40 minutes. Your mouth is 60 percent more acidic, which dramatically increases the chances of tooth decay and gum disease if you snack constantly during the day, instead of sticking to regular meal times. So the lesson is to cut down on drinks and snacks during the day in order to maintain healthy teeth.
One in four of us suffer regularly from bad breath. Bacteria are responsible for halitosis, when our mouths dry out. Any mouthwash is just as effective as shop-bought remedies. Drink water or eat fibrous vegetables with a high water content, like cucumber, celery and carrots.
Tips to Maintain Good Oral Hygiene:
- Use fluoride toothpaste to brush your teeth as itвЂ™s been proven to help prevent tooth decay.
- Make it a daily habit to floss or use an inter-dental brush to remove bacteria and food debris in between teeth and under the gum line. These can accumulate to form plaque.
- Avoid frequent snacking on food or drinks high in sugars or acid. Limit between-meal snacks to two a day.
- Visit a dentist regularly so that dental problems can be detected and treated promptly.
- Get your teeth professionally cleaned at regular intervals.