How To Brush Your Teeth: Timely Tips
Brushing is more than moving toothpaste over your teeth. Using the proper tools and techniques will help keep your teeth clean and white and stop plaque from building up thus reducing the risk of tooth decay, gum disease and other dental conditions.
Tips For Brushing Your Teeth:
- Start by placing the head of the toothbrush on the surface of the teeth at a 45 degree angle against the gum area. Move the brush in a gentle, circular motion. Repeat the movement several times on every tooth. Brush the teeth on all sides while keeping the bristles at a 45 degree angle. You can also brush your tongue to fight off bacteria which can cause bad breath.
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day. The best times of the day are in the early morning and just before you go to bed. Always pack your toothbrush when you travel so you can maintain your oral health care routine. Try to brush at least two minutes during each session to keep your teeth and mouth area healthy.
- Choose the right toothbrush. You can use a manual toothbrush or an electric one. The choice is your preference although many dentists feel an electric toothbrush will provide better results. When it comes to the head size, compact heads are a good choice. Look for ones with soft to medium, round-end bristles. The bristles should have an angled arrangement and should be of different lengths to ensure efficient cleaning of the tight spaces between teeth.
- Picking the best toothpaste can be difficult because there are so many available on the market. Depending on your needs, you can choose from toothpastes created for:
- sensitive teeth
- taste preference
- teeth whitening.
Look for fluoride content on the toothpaste package as there are many concentrations available. Children should not use toothpaste with more than 1,000 ppm (parts per million) fluoride while adults should look for toothpaste that has more than 1,500 ppm fluoride. Choosing the right toothpaste can be based on your preference or on suggestions from your dentist.