In How To Improve your Oral Health, we went over some tips for following the best practices for oral hygiene. However, we have yet to go over the proper way to brush your teeth. Yes, there is a proper way to brush your teeth, and if you don’t follow it you’re liable to face a number of oral diseases. When you visit your dentist, they tell you the best way to brush your teeth. On the other hand, you only visit your dentist twice a year and – understandably so – you’ve probably forgotten some of the tips and tricks your dentist has shared with you over the years. At Lifetime Smiles, we want to take the time to educate you on the correct way to brush your teeth. If you don’t brush correctly, then you can face a surplus of cavities, build up of bacteria, and even gum recession if you brush too hard. With our guidance, you’ll not only be able to brush correctly, but your mouth will thank you for it as you grow older. For more blogs from our dentist about oral hygiene, make sure to continue reading our blog. If you find your teeth are already bothering you, make sure to read Why Are My Teeth Hurting?
First of all, to help your teeth look and feel the best possible it’s important to use the right toothbrush. It all starts with the right toothbrush, and we don’t mean electric versus non. We mean the bristles. The bristles of the toothbrush make all of the difference. If the bristles on your toothbrush are tough and you brush too hard, you can hurt your gums. When you brush hard with tough bristles, then your gums will begin to feel the damage, and it can result in gum recession. By picking a softer brush and brushing without pressure, you’ll be more gentle on your teeth and you’ll be removing debris and plaque from your teeth. Additionally, you can pick a smaller headed toothbrush, so you can reach each separate tooth and easily get to the back of your teeth.
Now that you know the proper toothbrush to purchase, it all comes down to the angle that you brush. The best way to brush your teeth is by angling your toothbrush on your gums at 45-degrees. When you angle your toothbrush at 45-degrees, you can get to the gums and in between each tooth to remove the plaque and bacteria. The 45-degree angle will also keep your gums safe as well as your teeth, especially when you brush softly. Once you’ve angled the toothbrush brush against the gumline and roll the brush away from it. Brush the inside and outside of your teeth with back and forth strokes. Additionally, brush your tongue so you can rid your mouth of lingering bacteria and keep your breath minty fresh.
When it comes to picking the right toothpaste for your teeth, you’ll notice that there is a vast selection. In comparison to picking the right toothbrush for you, when you pick toothpaste make sure that you’re choosing toothpaste that fights oral conditions such as tartar, stained teeth, sensitivity, cavities, and gingivitis.
For more tips on brushing, make sure to talk to a dentist at Lifetime Smiles. Stop in today and we’ll answer any of the questions you may have.