We all know that brushing teeth is critical to good oral hygiene, but how do you know if you’re brushing “the right way”? Make sure you’re getting the most out of this daily activity by following these easy steps.
Choosing the right tool
There’s a misconception that the fancier and more expensive the toothbrush, the better it will clean your teeth. In reality the best toothbrush is one with soft or medium bristles that clean the hard to reach places because they’re more flexible. This type of brush is also less likely to cause damage to your gums. If brushing is difficult for you due to a medical condition like arthritis, consider an electric toothbrush that requires less dexterity.
Timing is everything
When it comes to brushing just remember the magic number, 2. Brushing 2 times a day for 2 minutes each time is the key to a healthy mouth!
So you’ve picked out the perfect brush and committed to brushing your teeth twice a day, but how exactly are you spending those 2 minutes? To get the most out of this time, be sure you’re hitting every tooth in all the right places, that means the outer and inner surfaces as well as the tops of your molars and don’t forget your tongue! Brush gently, so as not to cause harm to your gums. Take your time, and don’t rush. Cavities are caused when plaque builds up in the hard to reach places you might miss when brushing too quickly.
Follow these simple steps and keep your eye out for the results, fewer cavities and a brighter smile.