Brushing of teeth is a very important component in oral or dental care and we may feel confident that we are doing the part. Since brushing our teeth becomes a habit, just like anything regularly done, we might have become careless or we may simply be going through the motions, making brushing ineffecive. By way of reminders, here are some tips that may keep brushing an effective tool in maintaining oral hygiene.
Use the Right Toothbrush
With so many brands of toothbrushes available in the market, one may be overwhelmed with the sheer number of toothbrushes. Dental professionals remind us that your toothbrush must be one that is comfortable to hold and the correct size for your mouth. If it is uncomfortable, you might not be able to brush properly and instead hasten the process, which may render the whole exercise useless.
In relation to this, choose the toothbrush with the right bristles; preferably those that are soft so as not hurt your gums. But it should not be too soft so that it does not do the job. The bristle ends should be rounded. Some of the cheaper or disposable bushes may have
flat end bristles with sharp edges and these should be avoided.
Brush Your Teeth Correctly
Even with the campaigns on how to brush correctly, we still see so many people brushing their teeth improperly with those long horizontal strokes and limiting to certain areas only. This practice does not effectively remove particles between teeth and may even damage the gums. Dentists recommend that brushing should be done in a circular manner with short strokes followed by vertical strokes. We should not concentrate only on the visible portions, but must include inner surfaces, those hard to reach, and also the tongue and gums.
Brush the Teeth Often and Long Enough
Dental experts agree that the minimum requirement is to brush the teeth at least twice a day and even better if done three times a day after every meal. Long gaps in brushing may only allow bacteria to build up resulting to dental problems. On the other hand, more than three times a day may be overdoing it. Tooth brushing should not be less than two minutes and this may even be raised to three minutes for more results. And when doing so, make sure all the parts are covered and not just the front portion.
Take Care of Your Toothbrush
If your toothbrush is not in the best condition, you may not be able to achieve optimum results. To take care of this, you must change your toothbrush every three or four months or even earlier if you notice the bristles to be damaged. In order to prevent bacteria from breeding in your toothbrush, see to it that the toothbrush is dry before setting it aside in a closed container. You may also want to rinse it thoroughly to ascertain that it remains free of germs.