Brushing Teeth • How to brush your teeth • the Proper Way
How to Brush your Teeth
Regular tooth brushing is very important in preventing tooth decay and gum disease. Brushing your teeth removes the bacteria of dental plaque that promote tooth decay and that can cause gum disease.
The effectiveness of the toothbrushing cleaning depends on the way we brush our teeth. If we do not brush correctly, not only bacterial plaque remains on our teeth increasing the risk of tooth decay but we can also damage to the tooth enamel.
The Importance of Proper Tooth Brushing
Brushing teeth is a simple task, but lots of people brush their teeth incorrectly, either skipping around so much that they don't really clean anything, or rubbing so hard that they actually damage their teeth and gums.
No matter how good you try to brush your teeth, some bacteria will always be left behind. The growth of dental plaque starts again the moment you stop brushing your teeth and remove the toothbrush from your mouth. You should be very careful to use proper toothbrushing techniques so that the number of bacteria left behind will be the lowest possible.
Ask from your dentist or dental hygienist to teach you the correct tooth brushing method.
How to Brush Your Teeth - Proper Way to Brush Teeth
Use a toothbrush with soft nylon bristles and small size head so that it can comfortably reach and clean the back teeth.
Put a pea size quantity of toothpaste on the toothbrush bristles.
Finally, rinse your mouth well to remove the foam of the toothbrush with any food and bacteria residuals it may contain.
If you are using an electic toothbrush, a different brushing technique is required..
How Long to Brush Teeth
For toothbrushing to be effective, it must last at least 2 minutes. If you are not sure for how long you brush your teeth, use a timer for a few days.
When to Brush Teeth
Dentists suggest that we must brush our teeth at least twice a day and one of them must be before we go to bed at night.
An older theory suggested that we should brush immediately after each meal, and especially if we eat sweets, but research has shown that our mouth environment is very acidic for the first minutes after meal and brushing could cause permanent damage (demineralization) to the tooth enamel. So, it is safer to brush at least half an hour after a meal.
Recent research has shown that 2 proper brushings a day may be enough to safely stop the growth of bacterial plaque. More brushings did not show significant difference in reducing the accumulation of plaque and tartar, but increased the risk of gum recession.
Tips for Better Teeth Cleaning
Daily oral hygiene is essential for maintaining oral health. It should also be combined with proper healthy diet and regular dental visits.