Brushing is the most effective method for removing harmful plaque from your teeth and gums. Getting the debris off your teeth and gums in a timely manner prevents bacteria in the food you eat from turning into harmful, cavity causing acids.
Most dentists agree that brushing three times a day is the minimum; if you use a fluoride toothpaste in the morning and before bed at night, you can get away without using toothpaste during the middle of the day. A simple brushing with plain water or rinsing your mouth with water for 30 seconds after lunch will generally do the job.
Since everyone's teeth are different, see me first before choosing a brushing technique. Here are some popular techniques that work:
- Use a circular motion to brush only two or three teeth at a time, gradually covering the entire mouth.
- Place your toothbrush next to your teeth at a 45-degree angle and gently brush in a circular motion, not up and down. This kind of motion wears down your tooth structure and can lead to receding gums, or expose the root of your tooth. You should brush all surfaces of your teeth - front, back, top, and between other teeth, rocking the brush back and forth gently to remove any plaque growing under the gum.
- Don't forget the other surfaces of your mouth that are covered in bacteria - including the gums, the roof and floor of your mouth, and most importantly, your tongue. Brushing your tongue not only removes trapped bacteria and other disease-causing germs, but it also freshens your breath.
- Remember to replace your brush when the bristles begin to spread because a worn toothbrush will not properly clean your teeth.
- Effective brushing usually takes about three minutes. Believe it or not, studies have shown that most people rush during tooth brushing.
How to take care of your children teeth?
It is especially important to take care of your children's teeth and establish good habits early. Cavities are a steadily increasing problem among children, so it is crucial to use enough time and the right tools for brushing teeth. You should start brushing your child's teeth from the time the first little baby tooth appears. In the beginning it can be a challenge to get your child to brush his or her teeth, but it is very important to get the child used to brushing as early as possible. Furthermore, it is important to brush every morning and evening and set aside two minutes each time. As children do not have the motor skills to do a thorough enough job, a grown-up should brush over and ensure that the teeth are clean. Adults should oversee the quality of the brushing until the child is eight to ten years old. When choosing a toothbrush for your child, it is important that the handle and brush head size fit. The child should be able to easily hold the brush and reach well into their mouth. It is also a plus if the child likes the design of the brush, as it can make brushing their teeth more fun. For further information view our Educational Videos Link(column on the right)