Brushing your teeth might seem like one of the easiest things you can do. Most people would be even offended if you tell them that they are brushing their tooth wrong. However, it is not as easy as it seems. Most people brush their teeth in non optimal ways.Some people only brush their teeth for 30seconds. Some people don’t use the right angles and technique. Some people brush way too aggresively and some people don’t even use tooth paste. To get the most optimal results from brushing, you need to really nail down couple of facts and movements.
First, people need to know that tooth decay and gum diseases are the main causes of tooth loss. The best way to prevent tooth decay and gum diseases, is a proper dental hygiene routine. This way,you can prevent multiple problems in a row, saving you money and time.Since we get the importance of an ideal oral hygiene out of the way, we will move on to what not to do. The main thing that people mess up is the technique of the wrist and how long should they brush. These are some the things that you should and shouldn’t do;
Change your brush every 3 monthsAverage lifespan of a toothbrush is about 3 months. After this time period, the brush holds onto too much bacteria and can’t properly clean your teeth/gums. This happens because the bristles at the brush becomes worn out and lose their flexibility. A change is always nice!
Brushing under 2 minutesMajority of the people don’t really brush their teeth for 2 minutes. They think they are brushing it for 2 minutes but the reality is often disappointing. You should give equal times to every part of your mouth and you should definetly use a timer to do that job for you.
Not cleaning your tongueYou should never forget to also brush your tongue. Tongue can also hold bacterias that can be harmfull for your oral health. You should always consider to clean the tongue with bristles of the brush and give at least 30 seconds to it.
Aggressive brushingAggresively brushing or using a hard bristled toothbrush can result in damaged gums. You might see some bleeding when you are brushing your teeth. İts best to be gentle and soft to your teeth and gums. Proper care is required for a healthy mouth!
Brushing too many times a day‘Can you brush your teeth too much’ is a question we get very often.You don’t need to brush your teeth more than twice a day. Too much brushing can decrease the enamel on your teeth and it can also do unnecessary damage to the gums. So, you can brush your teeth too much.
Bad technique and movementThis is something that most people get wrong. We will give you the right technique and movement in a couple of minutes. You can check the video above to see the right pattern or you can wait to see it in this blog via visual representation.
Rinsing your mouth immediately after brushingEveryone uses water after brushing to get those toothpaste out from the mouth. However, this can result in the toothpaste getting flushed immediately aswell. When this happens,efficiency of the fluoride takes a huge hit. So, we should be more carefull to not let huge amounts of water to get our mouth after brushing.
Since we get the must’s and should's out of the way. The correct technique for brushing is the main thing that you need to figure out. We will show you the exact positioning and technique in steps. With the help of the correct movement, your oral hygiene will improve greatly.
- You should hold the brush at a 45-degree angle to your gums. The grip doesn’t have to be hard or soft, neutral is fine.
- Use the brush in a gentle way and slowly brush back and forth the entire outer and inner gum line. Make sure to reach backside of the mouth.
- Use the brush to completely stroke the entire front teeth and the inner parts of the front teeth(the side we can’t see). To do that, adjust the brush vertically and use gentle strokes to the deep gum line.
- Move on to the chewing teeth and brush them in a 45-degree angle at the front. When you need to brush the inner side, just use a vertical grip to fully reach those back areas.
- Brush your lower part of the teeth the same way. Give 30 seconds to each area to get that 2 minute spot
- Don’t forget to brush your tongue as well.
- If you want a video to fully understand it, you can watch the video here
FlossingDon’t forget that teeth brushing is not the only thing you can do for improving your oral hygiene. Flossing is also is a big tool that you can implement into your habits. Using a floss can be complicated for some people. But it's actually quiet easy;
- To get maximum effects from a floss, use only the 4-5 inches of the floss
- Use your thumb and index fingers to control the floss and slide it softly at your teeth
- Make sure to target the beginning of your gumline and reach to places that a brush cant
- Don’t be aggressive with it as it can damage and bleed your gum tissue. If you are not using a clean floss, it can even create infections
- Always use the back and forth movement to fully clean your mouth
Hereis a demonstration video on flossing