How To Brush Teeth Properly
If you know how to brush teeth properly you can reduce the risk for cavity build-up and plaques on your teeth. It usually takes 2 minutes or 120 seconds in order to thoroughly brush teeth. You can do the following techniques for brushing teeth properly.
You will need:
- Tooth brush
- Tooth paste
- Glass of water
- Mouth wash
- Dental floss
- Use the ideal tooth brush with soft bristles in order not to hurt your gums. Always moisten the tooth brush with water before placing the tooth paste on it. Make sure to put just the right amount of tooth paste. Too little of it may not be enough to brush the teeth properly.
- Learn the proper brushing techniques. There are many brushing techniques that are proven effective in cleaning teeth. However, what dentists usually recommend is the circular technique. To get brushing done correctly, use short, gentle strokes and roll-away motion to sweep caught food between teeth.
- Proper brushing starts at the back of the teeth. You can start at the left side concentrating on your upper molars. Work in a clockwise motion. It is best that the bristles are pointing towards the gum line following 45 degrees in angle. Continue with the circular motion for at least 10 to 15 strokes. Make sure that you are able to sweep the surface of the molars to remove caught food and plaque. Do the same for your lower left molars. Then move to your right side following the same procedures.
- Brush the inner, outer and chewing surfaces. Move on to the outer surface starting with your upper teeth then your lower teeth. Then move on the inner surface of your upper and lower teeth and then clean the surface of the chewing area. Don't forget to brush your tongue as bacteria likes to accumulate at its surface, and for fresher breath too.
- Rinse. With a glass of water, gargle and rinse off the foam of your tooth paste together with those small unwanted particles from your teeth and mouth. For your final rinse, you could choose to use a mouth wash to kill more germs. There are mouth wash that are strong and inappropriate for children. Also, not all mouth wash is right for everyone. Ask your dentist what type of mouth wash works best for you and your family.
- Floss. Dentists recommend flossing your teeth once a day, or after brushing before going to bed. Flossing helps remove small food particles that got caught up in between teeth and help reduce plaque too. Use 12 to 18 inches of floss. Grasp 1 to 2 inches of floss with your thumb and pointer. Gently insert the floss in between teeth. Just follow the curves of the teeth where plaque usually gets stuck. Gargle with water to rinse off those small particles loosened, then you are done.