The Flat out Best Way to Brush Your Teeth!
You’ve been cleaning your teeth every day since you were a kid, but you may have been doing it all wrong! Here we discuss the do’s and don’ts of your dental care routine and how to brush your teeth the right way.
Did you know that brushing your teeth too hard or for too long could result in wedge defects? That’s right, the advice we have all grown up with actually causes an ugly defect in our teeth!
Below are some more do’s and don’ts that will help to make sure you are cleaning your teeth in the best way, so you can avoid defects, bad breath (halitosis) and more serious conditions.
The DO’s of teeth brushing
• Brush your teeth for 2 minutes only, twice a day
• Use a medium intensity when brushing
• Try to focus on each tooth at a time so you can make sure you’re not missing any areas
• Clean between your teeth with interdental brushes, rather than floss.
• Clean the bacteria off your tongue (the white stuff) with a tongue scraper
• Use mouthwash once a day in the evening
The DON’TS of teeth brushing
X Don’t brush your teeth too hard (or too soft!)
X Don’t brush your teeth too long
X Don’t leave food residue between your teeth
X Don’t neglect those hard to reach areas
X Don’t keep your toothbrush for too long before you replace it (3 mths)
X Don’t go to bed without brushing!
Why is brushing your teeth correctly important?
Apart from wedge defects, not cleaning your teeth properly can cause embarrassing problems like bad breath (halitosis) and brown teeth, and in some cases more serious conditions like gingivitis, periodontitis, caries and tooth decay.
When your teeth and tongue aren’t cleaned properly, bacteria from food residue is allowed to thrive and can result in the oral health issues above. And let’s face it, having bad breath can negatively affect every social interaction you have, so preventing it with a great daily dental routine can literally change your life.
So, to recap, the absolute best way to brush your teeth is to use interdental brushes, a tongue scraper, and mouthwash in addition to brushing twice a day for 2 minutes.
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