We’re always told to brush our teeth at least twice a day…but what’s the best way to brush your teeth?
Your teeth deserve the best care possible, so you need to master the basics. We’re going to go over all the tips you need to brush your teeth like a pro.
First off, you need to brush your teeth for 2 minutes because any less than that and you won’t be removing enough of the plaque.
You should use a toothbrush with soft bristles to ensure you do not wear away your enamel and protect your gums. Ensure you use a toothpaste with fluoride as it helps protect against tooth decay.
Brush Your Teeth: Step-by-step
If the plaque is not removed it can cause periodontitis (also known as gum disease) and tooth decay. To prevent this, you need to follow the steps below:
- Put a pea-sized amount of toothpaste on the head of your toothbrush
- Your toothbrush should be held at a 45-degree angle to your gums
- Brush gently with short strokes across your front teeth
- Then hold the brush vertically to brush the inner side of the top and bottom row of your teeth
- Brush your tongue with back-to-front motions
- Spit out the excess toothpaste in your mouth and use a small amount of water to rinse your mouth. You don’t want to wash away the fluoride that is on your teeth.
- Rinse your brush and store it upright to air dry.
Why The 45-degree Angle Method?
The popular method of moving your toothbrush horizontally across your teeth does not get rid of enough of the plaque and could damage your gums.
The 45-degree angle method lets you get the plaque near your gums without hurting them and also reaching up to 3 teeth at a time.
The Next Step
Brushing your teeth properly removes plaque and bacteria, not only keeping your teeth and gums in good condition, but your overall health too!
But brushing is just one of the steps to having impeccable oral health. You need to see the dentist regularly to catch any issues early and do a much-needed cleaning that only a dentist can provide.
Book with us today to give your teeth the attention it deserves.