Brush-losophy: How to brush and care for your teeth properly
Not only does brushing your teeth suitably and thoroughly give you a beautiful smile, it also helps prevent horrible consequences on your dental health.
Poor oral hygiene causes periodontitis, whose consequences are tooth loss and other health problems, such as an increased risk of diabetes, heart attack, stroke, respiratory problems and asthma. However, periodontitis is preventable and proper oral hygiene is the key to success! So, if you are wondering how effective and thorough dental hygiene should look like in order to maintain a beautiful, healthy smile, here are the answers!
Many people ask how, how often and when to brush and floss. We recommend brushing at least twice a day – in the morning and in the evening, before bedtime, and ideally after every meal. You should floss daily using dental floss and rinse your mouth with mouthwash to complete the process.
An adequate toothbrush should cover two to three teeth at a time and many dentists recommend soft, polished toothbrush with nylon bristles because they are less likely to damage enamel and gums and they remove plaque and stains gently. Electric toothbrushes are also a good option for a thorough clean. Apply a small, pea-sized amount of toothpaste and brush using gentle, circular motion. Cover the entire tooth. Always hold your toothbrush at a 45°angle so that the bristles are positioned to clean between the teeth and gums. By cleaning above and beneath the gum line you will avoid discoloration, cavities and gum disease. Remember to replace your toothbrush every three months or when it begins to show wear. Also change your toothbrush after a cold, since the bristles collect germs that can cause reinfection.
Everyone – and by this we mean everyone – children, teenagers, adults and seniors – needs to spend about two minutes brushing their teeth. If necessary, use a timer. The first time you use one, you will be surprised how drastically under the 2 minutes you are. We advise our patients to divide their mouth into four sections, and brush each section for 30 seconds:
- Clean the outer parts of your teeth
- Clean the inner parts of your teeth
- Clean the chewing parts of your teeth
- Brush your tongue for fresher breath
When brushing, it is extremely important to take your time, even when you are in a hurry in the morning or tired and sleepy in the evening. Your teeth and gums will be thankful. It is important that you use toothpaste that suits your condition. Today there is a wide variety of toothpaste for many conditions, such as tooth sensitivity, cavities, stained teeth, gingivitis, plaque, etc. Toothpaste should also have fluoride – the key ingredient for fighting cavities.
Needless to say, regular dental check-ups are also an essential part of a proper dental hygiene. By doing as pointed out above, you will greatly reduce the chance of developing dental problems.
Brushing is simplest and the best way to get a beautiful smile. All you need is a toothbrush, toothpaste, and great technique. It is very important to brush twice a day and not to eat or drink anything after your brush in the evening because once we go to sleep, we swallow considerably less than during the day, so it is harder for the mouth to stay bacteria-free. A thorough before-bed brushing can make your smile bright and ensure pearly white teeth, healthy gums and fresh breath!