Learning how to brush properly is one of the most important factors in maintaining your teeth and gums healthy. Brushing doesn’t only keep your teeth clean but it also helps minimize the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
There are several ways of brushing your teeth; but before you start, you should ask a dentist or a dental professional for their recommendation. To be able to brush your teeth properly, you should spend at least 2 minutes using any recommended techniques and it should be performed twice a day.
Positioning your toothbrush
The position of the toothbrush will depend on what tooth you are brushing.
- Step 1: Start with the inner and outer surfaces, hold your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle and do a half tooth wide strokes along the gums, make sure you reach the back of your teeth
- Step 2: Moving on to the chewing surfaces. Hold your brush flat against your chewing teeth surface and start brushing in a back and forth motion.
- Step 3: Once you’re done with the surface of your front teeth, tilt your toothbrush vertically and gently stroke it up and down using the tip of your brush.
- Step 4: Brush gently along the gum line.
- Step 5: Brush your tongue in a sweeping motion to remove all food particles and odor-causing bacteria.
With a little practice and discipline, all these procedures would feel like 2nd nature to you. Keep in mind that this is the simplest and yet one of the most effective way in keeping your mouth healthy.