How to brush your teeth properly? 10 Tips
Okay, so you’ve been brushing your teeth since you were a little nipper. Once your very first molars sprouted, your mom took you to the bathroom sink, armed you with a toothbrush and got stuck in with you. You’ve seen it all, from teeth fairies to braces, and you’ve always won.
As such, you probably think you’ve got a good handle on this teeth brushing malarkey. You’re a bit of a veteran who’s earned their stripes. You don’t need anyone to tell you how to brush your teeth; if anything, you’re going to tell them how to brush their teeth.
But like with anything in life, we can get too attached to our acquired habits. Just because you’ve always cleaned your teeth this way or that, doesn’t mean that it is the absolute right way to do it.
And getting it right is fundamental because poor oral hygiene doesn’t just lead to toothache or gum disease; it can also cause a whole host of other health problems, including cardiovascular disease, dementia, respiratory infections and diabetic complications.
There is a bit of an art to brushing your teeth. To make sure you’re doing it right every time, here are 10 teeth brushing tips you really need to know about.
Don’t Brush Straight After A Meal
I’ve never brush my teeth immediately after a meal – but I have a friend who does.
Brushing your teeth straight after a meal does sound like a bit of a good idea, but I’ve always been too lazy to climb the stairs after storing away a hearty plateful of goodness (or badness!).
The truth is, though, that it isn’t really so much of a good idea at all. When you’ve just eaten, you have a much lower pH level in your mouth than usual. This means more acid. Brushing at this time, then, can be really harmful and abrasive and should be avoided.
Wait at least 30 minutes before giving your gnashers a good sprucing.
Make Sure You’ve Got The Right Toothbrush
You might think this is a tip you don’t need to receive. You’ve been buying your own toothbrush for hundreds of years, why do you need an upstart like me to come along and advise you about what toothbrush you need to use?!
Put simply, there is no one size fits all. Every one has different mouth sizes, and everyone has different needs. What works for me, doesn’t work for my husband (and definitely vice versa!).
A toothbrush should feel good in your mouth, but it also needs to be easy to scrub the hard-to-reach areas. If you’ve got a small mouth, using a big toothbrush means you’ll be straining and not getting the most out of it.
Don’t Start In The Same Place Each Time
We’ve all got our traditions when it comes to brushing our teeth, and one of my mine was to always start in the same place – like most people!
My habit was to start on the lower left side and work my way from there. Not only would I start in the same place, but I’d also follow the exact same route each and every time!
Dentists, however, recommend that you star brushing your teeth in different places each time. Why? Because according to research, we invariably get a tad bored by the time we reach the end-stage – and consequently we skim over our last row of teeth.
To stop this from happening, mix things up a bit. Start where you usually end and pay more attention to those neglected areas that usually get a bum deal.
Brush Three Times A Day
Brushing twice a day is okay and pretty standard, but three times a day is highly recommended.
Always, ALWAYS brush more than once, though. Please.
My husband is an absolute monster when it comes to brushing his teeth. I can hear him scrubbing away while I’m in the bedroom. It sounds as though he’s mowing the lawn!!
Experts, though, recommend that be really gentle with your teeth and show them some respect.
You’re not in the military here; you’re at home, polishing your molars! As such, a bit of tender love and care doesn’t go amiss.
Brush them lightly because harsher brushing damages teeth and gums. Implement a circular motion and avoid those long, grating strokes.
You know when you’re brushing too hard because the bristles on your brush will be bent. My husband’s look as though he’s been cleaning thorn bushes with them.
As well as brushing your teeth, you should also consider flossing. Flossing double downs on gum disease.
Brush For At Least Two Minutes
The amount of time you spend with your teeth during a session is important. Lots of us race through our rows of teeth, usually because we don’t generally like brushing our teeth – it’s a bit inconvenient and gets in the way of our getting ready for work routine.
At least two minutes is the recommended amount of time you should spend brushing your teeth, but experts advise more.
A neat trick is switch the tap off when you start brushing. If you leave it on, you’re more incline to rush and spit out the toothpaste before swilling your mouth out with water.
Switch the tap off, relax and just enjoy the moment.
But Don’t Brush Too Much
You can overdo things if you brush four times a day. This is because too much brushing wears down your pearly whites’ outer shell and ultimately ruins your gums.
Don’t Neglect Your Molars!
You know you’ve got molars, and you know you need to clean them. Perhaps you’re saying to me that you know all this and that you are cleaning them.
But the truth of the matter is that many of us pay lots of attention to out front teeth, and little attention to our molars. Sure, we clean them but we only a tad.
From now on, pay as much attention to all your teeth, and not just the ones that are easy to reach.
See A Dentist Regularly
Too many of us don’t see our dentist enough, either because we’re too busy, lack the cash – or are simply anxious.
But keeping up with dental check-ups is important. It’s advised that every six months you get your teeth cleaned by your dentist, as they can help to remove tartar that has built up – as well as nip any potential problems in the bud before they escalate.
Stay happy and healthy!