Get the Most Out of Your Toothbrush Routine

Posted on: November 16, 2017

ToothAll day long, our teeth take the wear and tear of our day, from our morning coffee to our midnight snack. The teeth face exposure to a variety of different elements multiple times a day, which is why they need the utmost care. You are probably no stranger to brushing your teeth, but it is crucial to brush them properly.

Well, you are in luck because today we are going to go through some tips to help make your brush a successful one. Brushing your teeth the right way is about more than just grazing your teeth with your toothbrush, it means knowing how often to brush and how much force to use.

The importance of our teeth

Before we dive into how to properly brush teeth, it is important to understand the function and value of teeth. Knowing more about them will help patients to understand why they need such consistent care. While most people know how important it is to look after teeth, some do not fully grasp the roles that the teeth play.

Teeth do not just help one bite and chew; they play an important role in speaking and support many aspects of the facial structure. That is why oral health is so important to overall health.

Tips to brushing your teeth better

1. Daily double: Brush for two minutes, twice a day

Brush for at least two minutes, twice a day. Most brush for only about 45 seconds—not even close to two minutes. To get an idea of what two minutes actually feels like, set a timer or play a song while brushing teeth. Try not to brush immediately after eating or drinking as, over time, this may increase enamel wear.

2. Easy does it: Brush softly to best clean and protect the enamel, the dentin and root structures.

Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums and brush gently. Patients should not brush with the same force one might use to scrub the dishes. Excessively vigorous brushing can damage enamel and dentin. Use a soft-bristled brush and try gripping it like a pencil to help get the right angle for gentle brushing.

3. Leave no tooth behind: Brush thoroughly and carefully

One widely recommended technique is to brush in small circles with short, tooth-wide strokes. Be sure to brush the outer, inner, and the chewing surfaces of the teeth. With two minutes to fill, the individual might as well brush thoroughly. One trick is to pretend that one is painting his or her teeth and cover each surface that you can with the brush. Brushing gets three of the five tooth surfaces, the cheek side, the chewing side and the tongue or palatal side. The surface that touches another tooth is called the interproximal. You have to use dental floss properly to clean those surfaces of a tooth.

4. Toothpaste can be abrasive: If you use it then only use a green pea amount. If you have exposed root structure caused by gum recession, or exposed dentin caused by tooth grinding, then toothpaste is not your friend. It can damage your tooth. A visit to our office can help you with the various issues.

Keep up proper oral hygiene

Now that you know how to properly brush your teeth, make a commitment to keep it up. Consistency is the key when it comes to taking care of your teeth. The fact is that many people end up having teeth removed at some point in their lives. And many people have a whole set of dentures or dental implants by the time they reach their senior years.

However, if you take care of your teeth, you can protect them and keep them for as long as you need them. Good oral hygiene and regular trips to your dentist help your teeth to serve their purpose. If you have a cavity or another issue, it can make eating and other daily tasks more difficult. Do not let it get to that, make a commitment to keep your teeth healthy today.

 

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