Do you know how to properly brush your teeth?

When you ask that question to a child, it may sound sensible. Ask the same question to an adult, and that question may sound silly. The truth is, many oral health problems can be attributed, at least partially, to improper tooth brushing.

What is really the proper way to brush teeth?

In order to brush your teeth properly, you need to hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the teeth and gums. Using short strokes, move the toothbrush in an up and down motion. Remember to brush all of the surfaces of the teeth (both outer and inner surfaces), the back molars, and even the tongue.

However, proper technique is just one part of the equation. Here are a few important things that you need to learn and master if you want to clean your teeth properly and keep dental problems at bay.

One of the most important things that you need to remember in order to get better results from tooth brushing is to pick the right toothbrush. Dentists recommend picking a toothbrush that has the right size for your mouth. Pick a toothbrush with soft bristles as hard or stiff bristles can harm the gums. Remember to replace your toothbrush every three to four months. If you notice that the bristles have lost their flexibility and start to break apart, change your toothbrush.

Pick a fluoride toothpaste over those with teeth whitening properties. The latter has particles that can erode the tooth surface and harm the tooth structure.

Dentists recommend brushing at least twice a day. You can brush your teeth up to three times but no more than that. Go beyond three brushing sessions and you risk damaging your teeth and gums. Each tooth brushing session should last at least two minutes. If you get bored while brushing your teeth, consider doing it while watching TV. You may also want to start brushing your teeth from different points. This will ensure that you give all of your teeth and gums the attention these deserve.

Wait at least half an hour after consuming sodas, energy drinks, coffee, juices and sour candies before brushing your teeth. This will give saliva enough time to restore tooth enamel.

Don’t store your toothbrush inside the bathroom where it is exposed to the bacteria from the toilet and sink. Let your toothbrush dry first and keep it standing inside a holder.

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