There are many reasons why you should brush your teeth: it gets rid of food particles, massages and keeps your gums clean, helps to get rid of plaque that causes decay, and makes your breath fresh. While brushing may not be the answer for all your dental problems, it is an essential shield that can help fight decay, periodontal disease, and gingivitis.
Although brushing is something done on daily basis by most people, it is always advisable to brush up a little bit on how it is done, because brushing with the proper technique is equally important as attention.
Come up with a routine and strictly follow it. Establishing a proper technique and routine of brushing your teeth can help a great deal in preventing gum disease and dental caries.
Always start by brushing the same place in the mouth. This way you ensure that every part of the mouth is cleaned every time. A good place in which to start is at the molars. Since it is a hard-to-reach place, you will have to spend more time there and give it attention as well.
Gently press at angle of 45 degrees. Scrub the gum and front of the teeth for a few seconds in a circular motion. In the same way, slowly move around the mouth till you reach the other side. Be careful especially with your gum line, as gingivitis affects this area.
After reaching the other side, rotate your brush and let it rest at the back of the gum and tooth, and with the same angle as well as circular motion scrub your way back to where you started.
Next, swiftly brush along the chewing surface or top face of your teeth.
Then repeat the whole process on your lower or upper set or teeth, depending on where you started.
Lastly, don’t neglect your tongue or the roof of the mouth. These areas harbor harmful bacteria that cause plaque as well.
Then finally rinse your mouth out.
Should you use the latest in technology? There are several scientifically designed brushes available, both manual and electronic, with each promising to get rid of plaque more than any other brush. Don’t be fooled by cheap talk. If you are looking for a high-tech brush, make sure it is easy to use and comfortable first. The brush should also be able to reach places where your older brush could not.
Seek expert advice. If you want to try a new kind of toothbrush, get advice from your dental hygienist or dentist. You might even be given samples to try. If you are on your own, select a toothbrush that has soft bristles. Always choose a toothbrush or dental cleaning device that meets the required standards.
If you are not able to make use of a manual brush, you may use an electric toothbrush as it can be a great alternative.
It is important to have a proper brushing technique, but on its own it is not enough to prevent cavities and dental disease. You should also floss regularly, as well as visit your dentist as it is a very important part of your personal oral hygiene routine.