Brushing your teeth twice a day is a fundamental part of your oral routine, or so it should be. Although, it is also important to ensure that you brush your teeth the right way.
To brush your teeth the right way, it involves applying the right brushing technique so that the bristles on your toothbrush accumulate the bacteria that’s built up inside your mouth.
It is important that the bacteria doesn’t continue to accumulate inside the mouth because this can form into dental plaque, a pale sticky substance that coats the surface of your teeth. This is the first stage of tooth decay. Although, it is not severe enough to cause any damage to your teeth.
To avoid dental plaque from building inside your mouth, brush your teeth the right way by following the right technique.
Brush Your Teeth The Right Way…
- First, place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle towards the gums. If the bacteria accumulate around your gums decay progresses, you’ll experience something known as gum recession, a process where the gums pull back from your teeth. This can cause bacteria to go deeper and cause your bone to weaken. This means your teeth may fall out.
- Secondly, gently move the toothbrush back and forth in short strokes. This should be at the front of the tooth surface in a circular motion, and up and down at the biting and chewing surfaces. It is important that you don’t brush too hard as the bristles on the toothbrush can become soft. When this happens, they become damaged.
- Thirdly, once you’ve performed step 2 for a minimum of 2 to 3 minutes, ensure that you wash your toothbrush thoroughly so the bacteria accumulated can be removed.
- Finally, ensure that the toothbrush (once cleaned) is stored at room temperature and away from other toothbrushes to avoid contamination.
Of course, understanding how to brush your teeth the right way is only a single part of your oral routine. It is important that you perform this twice a day. alongside eating a balanced diet that contains the right nutrients to keep your enamel strong. Visiting the dentist is also vitally important. Do not avoid any check-up appointments as the dentist can monitor how strong or weak your oral health is. After all, they only want what’s best for your smile!
If you’re seeking support on how to brush your teeth the right way, how to reduce bacteria in the mouth, or you simply need a check-up, we’re here to help! Check yourself with us at Sutherland Dental today by clicking here.