The foods and drinks we eat every day contain acids and dyes and when it is combined with natural pH of the saliva, they cause mouth to become a veritable nest of bacteria. These attacks are the main cause of tartar, tooth decay, weakening of the enamel and gum inflammation. Therefore, over a course of time, teeth get damaged and turn yellow while the gums get sensitive and soft. In order to maintain dental health, mere brushing your teeth is not enough; in fact, you need to brush your teeth well and regularly with proper techniques and pay attention to other factors such as your tooth brush and diet. So before learning the movements of good brushing
When is it time to change the tooth brush?
You determine it by checking its bristles; it they appear to be titled, even if only a little, it is time to change your toothbrush. If so is not the situation, ideally, you are supposed to change it every month, but you may prolong it up to 3 months.
How to Choose a New Brush?
Gums and tooth enamel are very sensitive, so they may not bear rubbing with a brush with hard bristles. In order to avoid damaging gums and enamel, select one with soft or medium-hard bristles.
You may also opt for electric toothbrush, characterized by its small head moves across the mouth with rotary motion to ensure effective brushing.
Correct Techniques to Brush Teeth
Read these guidelines with attention to apply them properly.
Areas to Clean
- Upper teeth’s outer and inner surface
- Lower teeth’s outer and inner surface
- Chewing surface
- Tongue (the last part to clean)
- You need to keep brush tilted about 45 degrees with respect to the gum-line and make rotary motion from top to bottom.
- Repeat the process for inner side.
- To clean the chewing surface, stroke your brush with back-and-forth movements.
- End it by brushing the surface of tongue as it eliminates any food particles and bacteria and make your breath fresh.
Some Important Points
- You should be brushing your upper and lower teeth separately.
- The movements must be performed with power, but pressing gently to avoid damaging enamel or gums.
- You must spend at least 2 minutes, or ideally do it up to 4 minutes.
- Brushing in morning and night is a must-do-it. It is even better to do it in afternoon too.
Dental care is a sensitive issue and you realize its importance when you fall a victim of toothache. Therefore, it is advisable to have proper dental care instead of procrastination or just fulfilling the formality of brushing teeth.