Part of maintaining good oral health is ensuring your brushing technique is effective. Brushing is the last line of defense against harmful bacterial growth and tooth decay. To ensure your teeth are getting the most out of this daily cleansing ritual, here are a few quick tips for brushing your teeth.
Choose the Right Toothbrush
Ideally, the bristles of a toothbrush should be soft to ensure your gums and tooth enamel are preserved. And, believe it or not, the handle of a toothbrush can also have a critical influence on how well you clean your teeth. The handle should be comfortable to hold and easy to maneuver so that you are not discouraged by discomfort to brush thoroughly.
Brush at a 45° Angle
Your instincts might tell you sweep your brush straight across your gums, but to avoid gum irritation down the road, angle your brush at a 45° angle against your gumline. Next, use a sweeping motion downwards away from the gums across your teeth.
Start Brushing Your Teeth in Different Places
Many people have the habit of focusing in on the same places in their mouths when brushing their teeth. As a result, these parts of the mouth are cleaner and receive more attention than others. A good way to encourage variety in your brushing is consciously make the choice to begin brushing your teeth in a different part of the mouth each time you brush.
Brush Gently for Longer (At Least Two Minutes)
A deep clean does not necessarily mean scrubbing the inside of your mouth raw. Brushing your teeth with extra vigor and pressure can actually wear away the gumline and the enamel of your teeth. Apply gentle pressure while brushing for a longer period of time can prolong the life of your teeth while still giving your pearly whites the deep cleaning they need. Use a stopwatch or an egg timer to keep track of time.
Keep Your Toothbrush Dry
A constantly wet toothbrush is a haven for bacterial growth. Before storing your brush, remember to shake off any excess water after rinsing. Also, make sure it has ample ventilation to promote fast drying.
On a final note, when you find a toothbrush you like, it is a good idea to stock up if you can. Toothbrushes need to be replaced every three months or at the first sign of deterioration. So, instead of hunting around every few months for the perfect toothbrush, stockpile the brush you like to keep your teeth happy for years to come.