The secret to happy teeth is great hygiene. While many people brush their teeth regularly, not having the right technique might be counterproductive. Many dentists will be willing to show you how to do it properly, but if you want some tips, this is a great post to read.
Consider an Electric Brush
Your dentist will always recommend using an electric toothbrush compared to brushing by hand. These devices are better at removing any plaque from teeth. Unfortunately, plaque is sticky and loves to glue to your teeth. This means, removing it will need some effort when you brush by hand. On the other hand, an electric toothbrush will do the work for you.
In order for the toothbrush to rotate back and forth strong enough to loosen any plaque, make sure it is always fully charged. Make sure that you hold it at a 45-degree angle to your gum line. Give enough time to brushing all tooth surfaces including the gum line, spending at least 2 minutes. You can also opt for a toothbrush that has a pressure sensor so that you will not press too hard.
Choose The Right Toothpaste
While fluoride is a common ingredient in most toothpaste brands, it does not mean that every product has the same amount. The recommended adult dosage is 1400 PPM (parts per million) and you should choose toothpaste that meets this requirement or even have more fluoride.
Research has proven over and over again that fluoride is effective at keeping teeth healthy, but other ingredients like triclosan and calcium phosphate are also now recommended. However, try to avoid ones that claim to whiten teeth as they have not been clinically proven to be effective.
Do Not Forget To Brush Thoroughly
Because tooth brushing is a daily habit, many people forget to focus while doing it. The problem is, when you do not brush thoroughly, you miss out on plaque and bacteria in your teeth. It is important to give enough time cleaning the three outer tooth surfaces, the inside, the outside and the biting surface.
It is also important to remember the most crucial parts, the surfaces between the teeth. You can clean them by flossing or using interdental brushes. Lastly, make sure you brush your tongue and the lining of the cheek to clean the mouth thoroughly.
Don’t Rinse After Brushing
Fluoride in the toothpaste will strengthen your teeth’s outer surface and help them become resistant to acid. This is why rinsing your mouth off of fluoride is a bad idea.
Mouthwash Isn’t Always The Best Idea
Mouthwash does not have as much fluoride compared to toothpaste. When you swish away the remaining toothpaste with mouthwash, you might actually be benefitting less. Moreover, mouthwash kills bacteria in the mouth, including the good bacteria that also defend you against bacteria, fungi, and viruses.
Best And Worst Times To Brush Teeth
Knowing the best and worst times to brush your teeth will allow you to be more effective. You should do it just before going to bed so that there is less saliva in the mouth while sleeping. At the same time, any plaque stuck to your teeth overnight or longer will lead to tooth decay.
On the other hand, brushing your teeth after eating or drinking anything acidic (like fruit juice, fizzy soda, wine, or smoothies) is not recommended. This is the worst time for tooth brushing because the acid will make the tooth enamel softer. When you brush your teeth, you spread around the acid and lead to tooth damage, increased sensitivity, and staining.
Instead, it is good to drink something to neutralize the acid like some water or eat something that is rich in phosphate and calcium like milk to reduce the acid damage on the teeth.
Another question is whether brushing teeth is better before or after breakfast. The answer depends on what you just ate. If you are about to eat something with jam or honey and haven’t drunk any fruit juice yet, then toothbrushing after eating is better. If you plan to drink anything acidic, then brush before breakfast.
These tips will help you maintain your teeth clean and happy. Knowing the right technique to brushing your teeth, for example, will make your effort worthwhile and actually achieve your goal of cleaning your mouth and avoiding any future tooth decay.