The plaque bacteria that collect on teeth can cause cavities, gum disease, and bad breath. In order to prevent these problems and keep your mouth healthy, you need to regularly brush away food debris and plaque from your teeth. Here are some tips for you to use so you can get the most out of your brushing.
Type Of Toothbrush
It is important to use a toothbrush that can fit easily in your mouth, reaching the back. This should be a soft-bristle toothbrush because the hard-bristle ones can contribute to enamel erosion and gingival recession. Make sure that you use a fluoride toothpaste and floss between your teeth as well.
Brushing Your Teeth
You should brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes time. You brush your teeth by:
- Holding your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle to your gums
- Moving the brush in short, back-and-forth motions
- Starting with the molars in the back of your mouth, brushing the outer surface, inner surface, and then the chewing surface of your teeth
- You will clean the inside of your front teeth with vertical motions
- Brush your tongue (especially near the back) to keep your breath fresh
You may also want to hold the toothbrush with a forefinger and thumb to prevent yourself from brushing your teeth too hard. For more advice on how to correctly brush your teeth, call our dental team today.