Let’s face it- we are all well aware of the importance of brushing our teeth. For most of us it’s a standard part of the day which passes quickly and without much though.
But, have you ever wondered just how well you’re cleaning – or whether you’re actually spending enough time looking after those pearly whites!
With a major focus on prevention in dentistry today we can’t emphasize enough the importance of putting in a little extra time now. It really will help to protect the long-term health of your mouth.
So, how could you improve the process of brushing your teeth? Have a read through our tips below for some ideas.
Choose the right toothbrush:
- Make sure the head is the right size for you (so it fits your mouth comfortably)
- Go for soft to medium bristles (hard bristles could remove tooth enamel)
- An electric toothbrush can be very effective but is not imperative
- A manual toothbrush will do just as good a job- provided that you take the time and brush in the right way.
Other products can really help
- If your teeth are sensitive then invest in a sensitive toothpaste.
- Other items such as dental floss, tongue scrapers, mouthwash and interdental brushes can help clean those tricky to reach areas and keep your breath fresh.
Make sure you are brushing for long enough
- It’s important to brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes twice a day.
- Set a timer or use an ‘app’ so you know how long you’ve been brushing.
- Listening to music can help.
- Make sure you clean every area in your mouth- brushing all surfaces of every tooth.
- Don’t scrub too hard as you could actually wear away your tooth enamel.
- It’s also advised that you don’t brush teeth more than twice a day- for the same reasons.
- Don’t scrub sideways- instead angle your brush at around 45 degrees and move it up and down.
What if I’m not near a toothbrush?
Ok, there are times when it’s not that easy to clean your teeth but there are various ways in which you can temporarily clean and freshen your mouth- helping to reduce tooth acids until it is possible.
- Chew sugar free gum to neutralise any acids
- Rinse your mouth regularly with water.
- Purchase a disposable or chewable toothbrush.
- Pop some mouthwash and floss in your bag.
- Never share your toothbrush
- Always rinse it after use and stand it upright so it stays clean and dry.
- Replace your toothbrush regularly (around every 3 months)
Teach the younger members of your family the same good habits
- Encourage them to brush their own teeth as soon as they appear.
- Remember that they will need supervision and help until they are around 10 years old.