When brushing your teeth seems very easy. However some toothbrushes are better than others and there is a right and wrong way to brushing your teeth.
Brushing your teeth regularly is the best key to maintaining healthy teeth and gums and preventing periodontal (gum) diseases, however, it is also important to make sure you choose the right toothbrush for your teeth and make use of use proper brushing techniques. If Done correctly, brushing your teeth at least twice a day — in the morning and in the evening before going to bed, for at least three minutes — can help ensure long-term dental health.
It takes time to brush effectively. Most people just rush through it. Setting a timer for three minutes and brushing and flossing until the time runs out will work best.
How to Choose a Toothbrush
Although some ancient civilizations used frayed twigs to clean their teeth, these days toothbrushes come in a variety of manual and powered forms. And the first step to taking good care of your mouth is to choose a toothbrush that’s right for you.
Choose a brush that the bristles are not too hard. Then find one that fits comfortably in your hand and mouth. If the brush is comfortable to use, you’ll use it more often and more effectively.”
Other tips to keep in mind when choosing a toothbrush.
Has bristles that are softer rather than harder
Fits your mouth size. If you have a small mouth, choose a small toothbrush and if you have a large mouth, pick a large toothbrush.
Is easy to use, whether it’s a powered or a manual toothbrush
Once you’ve found an appropriate toothbrush for you, you need to brush your teeth the correct way in order to maintain good oral health and keep periodontal disease away from your reach.
How to Brush Effectively
These tips will help you to get the most out of your daily brushing routine:
>Brush your teeth at least twice a day. Some experts recommend brushing after every meal, if possible.
>Take time — at least three minutes — to thoroughly brush and floss your teeth.
>When you brush along your gumline, angle your toothbrush slightly toward your gums.
>Don’t brush too roughly — use a gentle motion so you don’t damage your gums.
>Brush with a fluoride toothpaste to fight off tooth decay.
>Focus on cleaning every tooth surface with your toothbrush.
>Brush your tongue to scrape off bacteria that can cause bad breath.
>Brush your teeth with a clean toothbrush and rinse the brush thoroughly after each use. You can also use a small amount of hand soap on the bristles for more rigorous cleaning.
Replace your toothbrush — or toothbrush head if you use an electric brush — every three to four months.
If you need additional help to figure out how best to brush your teeth, “Have your dentist/hygienist show you the proper method.” And if you are having dental problems or concerns about your oral health, see your dentist.
A toothbrush alone can’t do everything to maintain your oral health and your teeth. That’s because a toothbrush can’t get between your teeth. Only dental floss can do that, so remember to floss each day, too, and see your dentist for regular checkups.