How To Properly Brush Your Teeth
Learning how to properly brush your teeth is essential to maintaining a healthy, clean looking smile. Not only does a well-maintained set of choppers keep your teeth pearly white, but you will also reduce the risk of encountering dental problems like plaque, periodontal disease and gingivitis. It’s true that for most people, brushing their teeth is second nature; however, because it is commonplace, there is a chance that many people simply do not know how to brush their teeth properly. For a quick review on the best way to brush, check out a few of these tips and hints.
To learn how to properly brush your teeth you will need:
- Toothbrush (Soft Bristled)
- Tooth Paste fluoride
- Dental Floss
- Mouth Wash (optional)
- Use a soft or medium bristled brush. For most people, especially children, a soft bristled toothbrush is recommended. This is less harsh on the teeth and the enamel. As you age, you may need to switch to a medium brush. It is always wise to ask you dentist.
- Choose a toothpaste you enjoy. Most dentists will tell you that most toothpaste brands are the same. To brush your teeth properly, the toothpaste should contain fluoride and the American Dental Association's seal of approval. Otherwise, just choose a toothpaste based on your preferences. Teeth whitening toothpaste is okay when used in moderation, but it should never be used on children.
- With a toothbrush that is well covered in toothpaste, begin brushing the front and sides of your teeth with a back and forth circular motion. When you brush your teeth, make sure you brush along the gum line; this will help prevent the build up of germs and other disease causing agents.
- Bush the tops and back of the teeth. This is an area that many people neglect. The backs of teeth are just as important as the front. When you brush your teeth, spend as much time on the back as you would on the front.
- Brush your tongue and roof mouth. The tongue contains many germs. It is important to brush the tongue and roof of your mouth every day.
- Rinse and floss. Spit the toothpaste out and rinse your mouth with cool water. You can follow up with mouthwash; however, keep in mind that some mouthwash, especially brands containing alcohol, will dry your mouth, which is a leading cause of bad breath. Follow up with dental floss. You should aim to floss your teeth on a regular basis.