As simple as it may seem, many people do not know how to brush their teeth properly. As your dental experts, part of our responsibility is to help you maintain positive oral health and the first place to start is with your brushing technique.
Even people who brush multiple times a day may be doing themselves more harm than good. There is a proper way to brush the teeth. In this post, we will be addressing some key facts associated with the proper brushing technique.
What Is the Right Way to Brush?
On average, proper teeth brushing takes at least three minutes – between 120-180 seconds. The truth is that most adults never come close to this time. To get a feel of the time involved, we always suggest that you try using a stopwatch when you brush your teeth. To brush your teeth properly, use short, gentle strokes while paying close attention to hard-to-reach back teeth areas. You should also pay attention to the gum line, crowns and other restorations. Furthermore, concentrate on thoroughly cleaning the following areas:
The chewing surfaces
The inner surfaces of your upper and lower teeth
The outer surfaces of your upper and lower teeth
Brush your tongue too, if you want fresher breath
What Type of Toothbrush Should I Use?
Most experts in the dental industry agree that using a soft-bristled brush is the best choice for removing debris and plaque from your teeth. Small-headed brushes also reach all areas in your mouth, including the hard-to-reach back teeth. For some obvious reasons, many people prefer the powered toothbrush. They believe that it performs better when it comes to teeth cleaning, especially for those who have limited manual dexterity or have difficulty brushing. For more information about the right brush for you, contact our team of professionals.
How Important is the Toothpaste I Use?
There are different brands of toothpaste designed for various conditions, including gingivitis, cavities, stained teeth, tartar and sensitivity. Consult with your dental hygienist or dentist for the best toothpaste that is right for you and is recommended by the American Dental Association (ADA).
How Do You Brush Your Teeth?
For a healthy mouth and smile, the ADA recommends the following:
Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gum line.
Move the brush gently in short back and forth, tooth-wide strokes.
Brush the inner surfaces, outer surfaces and chewing surfaces of the teeth thoroughly.
To clean the inner surfaces of the front teeth, you must tilt the brush vertically and make several up and down strokes.
Should I Brush My Teeth Before or After Breakfast?
The ADA recommends that you brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes. But this guideline does not explicitly state what time of the day this brushing should be done. For the sake of establishing a consistent brushing routine and habit, most people brush their teeth at the same time each day. Thus brushing every morning and night before going to bed becomes a regular habit. This simple routine makes you consistent in your brushing practice.
Some dental experts say brushing your teeth in the morning before taking your breakfast is more beneficial to your overall oral health.
Why it May Be Better to Brush Before Breakfast
There is scientific backing to this answer. While you sleep, plaque-causing bacteria present in your mouth multiply. This is one of the main reasons why you wake up with a “morning breath” or mossy taste in your mouth. Washing away those bacteria with fluoride toothpaste when you first wake up every morning is greatly beneficial to your oral health. When you brush first thing in the morning, you also jumpstart your saliva production process. According to experts from Mayo Clinic, however, you should avoid acidic foods like orange juice for at least half an hour after brushing your teeth. Apart from being a famously unpleasant experience, it can also damage your tooth enamel.
Utilizing the proper brushing technique is a great way to improve your oral health. We hope the information we provided in this post will help you adopt a more efficient and beneficial brushing technique. If you have any questions, contact us! We will be more than willing to help you out.