Daily thorough brushing is a very important step in preventing tooth decay and gum disease. Brushing your teeth removes the bacteria that promotes tooth decay and plaque that can cause gum disease. Ideally you should brush your teeth after every meal, the bacterial attack on teeth begins minutes after eating. If you are not able to do this, brushing at least once a day and before bed should be implemented into your regular routine. Brushing your teeth is not a complicated process BUT there is a wrong way and a right way. Take a look at these diagrams and see if you’re doing it the wrong or right way.
How To Brush Your Teeth Correctly
Brush at a 45 degree angle to your teeth. Direct the bristles to where your gums and teeth meet. Use a gentle, circular, massaging motion, up and down. Don’t scrub. Gums that recede visibly are often a result of years of brushing too hard.
Clean every surface of every tooth. The chewing surface, the cheek side, and the tongue side.
Don’t rush your brush. A thorough brushing should take at least two to three minutes. Try timing yourself.
Change your usual brushing pattern. Most people brush their teeth the same way all the time. That means they miss the same spots all the time. Try reversing your usual pattern.
Use a soft brush with rounded bristles. The right toothbrush cleans better. Choose a size and shape that allow you to reach all the way to your back teeth. There are many different types of brushes, so ask your dentist to suggest the best one for you. CDA recommends you replace your toothbrush every three months.
If you noticed that you are brushing the wrong way try it this way and see if you notice the difference! And remember your daily routine should be balanced with brushing and flossing to help prevent oral disease.