Toothbrushes have been around for thousands of years. Thankfully, they aren’t made of twigs, bones, horsehair, and feathers anymore. Modern toothbrushes are made of nylon bristles and plastic handles, and you’ve likely been using one since you were a kid. We learn how to brush our teeth early in life and by the time we are adults, it’s something we do without even thinking about it. There’s a chance that along the way you have picked up a few bad brushing habits. If you’ll pardon the pun, let’s brush up on brushing our teeth.
1. Two by Two
Think of the 2×2 rule when brushing your teeth. This means that you should brush your teeth twice daily and for 2 minutes each session. Many people do not brush their teeth for two minutes, but any less and you may not be removing all the cavity and gum disease-causing plaque on your teeth. The best times for brushing your teeth are in the morning and right before bed.
2. A gentle touch
You have to be gentle when brushing your teeth. This refers both to tools and technique. A soft-bristled toothbrush will remove plaque effectively, and hard bristles can cause damage to your gums. When it comes to technique, don’t push down too hard when brushing. Too much pressure can lead to sensitive teeth and gumline recession.
3. Be methodical
It helps to come up with a routine. Colgate recommends you brush in this order: Outer surfaces of upper and lower teeth, inner surfaces of upper and lower teeth, chewing surfaces, and the tongue. Of course, you don’t have to follow that order exactly as long as you remember to cover all of the surfaces.
4. Short Strokes
Many of us brush our teeth in a hurry, so we use long, quick strokes. The secret to good tooth brushing, however, is slow and short. Those long, quick strokes may miss the harder to reach places and leave your teeth with an inadequate cleaning. Brush your teeth in sections of 2 to 3. You’ll end up with a more comprehensive clean and it will help you meet your 2-minute time requirement.
Brushing your teeth is one of the main practices to maintain oral health. Make sure that your brushing time is helpful and not harmful to your oral health by considering the above tips. As always, Uptown Cosmetic and Dental Implant Dentistry is available to help give you a stunning smile in Houston. Schedule a free consultation today!