Brushing your teeth is essential to long term oral health. Not only this, but if you aim to have whiter and cleaner teeth and not lose the confidence to smile, a few tips about how to brush teeth will go a long way.
Wait before brushing
People often run to brush their teeth straight after they eat – they often are compelled to do this because of an odd taste in their mouth or because they are conscious of unpleasant breathe – or perhaps just out of habit. We know that food consumption does cause bacteria to grow in the mouth but after eating or consuming beverages other than water, your enamel is at its softest which means you also more at risk of wear and tear. If you really feel you need to brush your teeth after a meal, wait 30 minutes to give your enamel time to harden.
Also remember to keep your consumption of sugary drinks and foods as well as those high in acids to moderate to low amounts.
Brush twice a day
Brushing too often is not good for your teeth as it could results in loss of enamel from the teeth. Ideally twice a day is fine. The aim of tooth brushing it to remove food and plaque from between the teeth. Not brushing will result in problems – erosion and cavities. Plaque will start to form which might require scaling and cleaning. Whilst Camilleri dental clinic can provide all types of dental treatment, we still believe prevention is better than having to resort to dental and oral treatments that are due to poor oral hygiene.
What else should I do?
- Floss – this can help remove those nitty gritty particales tightly wedges in the deep recesses of your mouth.
- Drink water – at least 8 glasses a day. This will help keep your mouth flushed clean and reduce acids and bacteria.
- Follow a healthier diet with less sugar and acidic foods and drinks
- Reducing length of snacking time
- Replace toothbrush (around every 4 months)
Brush your teeth in the morning
Brushing your teeth in the morning is important as after a night’s sleep there is a build up of tarter. It also prevents or eliminates the dreaded morning breathe and gets your salivation flowing.
Brush at a 45 degree angle
Hold your tooth brush at around 45 degrees and use upward movements to lift out any food particles and debris from between the teeth – do not press when you brush your teeth as this can cause damage to the enamel over the long term. Brushing should last around 2 minutes.
Steps to follow
- Use a soft brush (although this is a preference, very hard bristles may discourage or inhibit proper brushing)
- Clean the outer and inner surfaces of your teeth
- Brush your tongue
- Brush your gums
- Do not rinse your mouth to ensure the fluoride in tooth paste gets absorbed by the teeth