Healthy Habits for Brushing Teeth

The type of toothbrush you choose is not as important as your brushing technique. Yes, tooth brushing has a technique! It is more vital for you to brush the right way than brush with a specific type of toothbrush. To keep your teeth clean and healthy, use the following handy teeth-brushing tips.

The ideal time for brushing teeth is two minutes, twice per day. The time is equal to about one song on the radio. You can also use a timer to make sure you’re hitting this benchmark. Improper toothbrushing technique is a top dental issue, since many Americans clean for only 45 to 70 seconds each time.

The best way to brush is to hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle beside the tooth, on the gingiva or gum. Move the brush in circular motions to get rid of plaque and hidden debris. Gently move the brush back and forth in short (tooth-wide) strokes, which are repeated around 20 times, three teeth at a time.

Brush the outer and inner surfaces, as well as the chewing areas of the teeth. To clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and move it up-and-down. Focus on cleaning both the front and the back of your teeth, the areas between the teeth, and your tongue.

Brushing teeth is a necessary part of dental care routine. For a healthy smile, the ADA suggest brushing teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled brush. The size and form of the brush ought to suit the oral cavity, allowing you to reach all areas.

Make sure to use ADA-approved fluoride toothpaste and replace toothbrush every three or four months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed. A worn toothbrush doesn’t do justice to teeth.

Clean between teeth once a day since cavity-causing bacteria linger between teeth where toothbrush bristles can’t reach. Interproximal cleaning helps get rid of plaque and food particles from between the teeth and below the gum line. Eating a balanced diet that has less sugary beverages and snacks and seeing the dentist twice a year for treatment are part of an excellent prevention plan.

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