Brushing your teeth is something that is done so routinely, that you barely look at the mirror while doing so. You brush twice a day, with a toothpaste and toothbrush recommended by dentists on television, and still manage to get cavities, ulcers, and bleeding gums. Ever wondered why?
More often than not, many oral problems are caused simply by brushing your teeth the wrong way. Here is a quick guide on the proper way to brush and maintain your teeth.
Have you been brushing the wrong way?
To hasten your routine in the morning, you may have been using a back-and-forth motion to brush. After a few seconds, your mouth feels fresh thanks to the mint in your toothpaste, and you decide your teeth are clean.
However, you’ve probably done more harm than good.
The back-and-forth method strips away the protective enamel covering your teeth and makes it more sensitive to hot and cold. Your teeth haven’t been cleaned well because the bristles of your toothbrush have not had the chance to target spaces between the teeth.
Tooth problems due to improper brushing
White teeth are not always an indication of healthy teeth. Internally, your teeth may be falling apart, sometimes even literally.
Oral complaints include cavities, halitosis (bad breath), plaque, tartar, bleeding gums, gingivitis, gum disease, and tooth decay. If untreated, these may lead to more serious problems resulting in tooth loss. What’s important is to note that most of these diseases can be avoided, if you brush your teeth properly.
Applying more pressure while brushing will not make your mouth cleaner. Be gentle. Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums. Wiggle the brush in an up and down motion to cover each tooth’s inner and outer surface. This motion will push the bristles between your teeth, ensuring that food particles are removed properly. Make sure to get your molars!
Ideally, 2 minutes of thorough brushing twice a day will keep most diseases at bay. Clean the harder crevices with dental floss and brush your tongue to get rid of bad breath. Finish off with a hearty rinse. That’s it - a simple 2-minute exercise to keep your smile intact.
Tools that help your pearly whites
Apart from visiting us at Markham NS Dental Clinic for your regular check-ups twice a year, you can also contribute to your oral health by using the right tools every day.
- Toothbrush: As simple as it sounds, the right toothbrush is the first step to having clean and healthy teeth. Select a toothbrush that has soft bristles and is easy to maneuver. Replace it every 3 – 4 months or whenever the bristles begin to wear out.
- Toothpaste:There are many varieties of toothpaste available in the market that are customized to tackle stains, sensitivity, cavities, plaque etc. Opt for a quality fluoride toothpaste recommended by your dentist.
- Dental floss:A good flossing removes stubborn food particles from difficult corners of your teeth where a toothbrush cannot reach. Flossing effectively reduces plaque, and helps identify other diseases associated with the mouth.
- Mouthwash: While not necessary, mouthwash can be used to combat bad breath. If you don’t want to buy one, you can use an inexpensive, homemade, salt water solution.
Give some love to your teeth with these tools and treat them to healthy foods. If you want to avoid wearing dentures, brush your teeth the right way and maintain your million dollar smile for a long time.