It might seem like such a simple thing, but brushing is key to preventing cavities and making sure your smile is shiny and bright. As you get older, years of bad brushing habits may just be a part of your life now, at this point, you might not even know that you have bad brushing habits. We can all afford to improve our brushing technique and make our smiles sing. NewSmile is here to teach you how to brush your teeth properly and to show you a few techniques that you might not have known about before.
How you brush your teeth might seem intuitive and something that should be easy. However, too often you get into a rut as you brush your teeth and forget or simply neglect the most important and basic things. That is why reevaluating how you brush your teeth is always important. Here are some of the very basic things that need to happen when you brush.
It might seem like a no-brainer, but when you brush you need to clean every surface of your teeth, especially focusing on the surfaces where you do most of your chewing. The most common recommended amount of time you should take to brush your teeth is two full minutes. That’s a full ten seconds longer than “Fell in Love With a Girl” the hit song from The White Stripes. It might be daring to say, but it seems like most adults are guilty of never reaching the two-minute mark. Colgate even recommends using a stopwatch so that you can get a sense of exactly how long one hundred and twenty seconds is.
When you brush your teeth you should be holding your toothbrush at a forty-five-degree angle to your gums. This is so that you can properly clean both your gums and your teeth. Brushing your gums keeps them healthy and helps to avoid gingivitis.
To reach the inside surfaces of your front teeth you will need to tilt your brush vertically so that all those surfaces will get properly cleaned.
Holding your toothbrush in a fist might seem natural, but it might not actually be the best for your teeth. For those of us who have sensitive gums, or gums that inflame easily, it is best to hold your toothbrush with your fingertips. This results in a softer brushing stroke and is kinder to your sensitive gums. Holding your toothbrush this way also helps you be more conscious of your brushing and helps prevent you from going into autopilot.
To properly clean your teeth, short and gentle back and forth strokes are the way to go. Each of these strokes should be, as the American Dental Association describes, “tooth-wide” strokes so that you are making sure to clean the whole tooth as you perform this brush for each of your teeth. Whether you are cleaning the front or the inside surfaces of your teeth, this is the stroke to go with.
Okay, now that we’ve reviewed how to hold your toothbrush and the proper brushing techniques, here are some of the things that most adults forget while brushing:
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