In order to avoid cavities, gum disease and pain we need to keep good oral health. But are we brushing our teeth the right way? I will give you some tips to do that.
Choose the Right brush
Use brush that feels good in your mouth and hand so that you will be excited to use it and the size should fit your mouth. The bristles should be soft as per recommendation of The American Dental Association (ADA). Electric toothbrushes can make brushing easier, especially for people with arthritis or other dysfunction of hands, arms, or shoulders.
Take your time
Usually up to 2-3 minutes duration and 2-3 times per day is the optimum brushing time. Divide your mouth into four sections, then spend 30 seconds on each quadrant or use built-in timers of electric toothbrushes you are using.
Don’t over brush
Brushing more than three times a day and with over pressure can wear down tooth enamel and damage your gums. It doesn’t take a lot of force to remove plaque.
The right paste
Always use toothpaste with fluoride and avoid harsh one with granules as it will harm and sand away tooth structure. If you want to use whitening toothpaste to lighten your teeth, although it’s not recommendable at all, switch between whitening toothpaste and back to regular toothpaste.
Always rinse your brush after use and keep it in open air, in order to dry out the bristles and never put it in a case where it will stay damp . Germs from your mouth and teeth can stay on your toothbrush if it is damp. Don’t leave it on the counter of your toilet or you could expose it to germs.
The American Dental Association suggests to change brush every 3 or 4 months. If it starts to fray away then it’s time to change the toothbrush, because frayed bristles won’t clean your teeth as well.