Did you know that the main cause of dental problems is poor oral hygiene? This section provides easy tips and steps to improving oral hygiene from brushing your teeth properly to choosing the right mouthwash.
How to Properly Brush your Teeth
Brushing your teeth properly helps you attain a healthy dental hygiene and keep a pocketful of smile.
Choosing the Right Toothbrush and Toothpaste:
Use toothbrushes with soft and slim bristles to reach the gum line and clean the teeth better. Hard bristles can harm the teeth and gums. The size of your toothbrush head should be fit enough to penetrate your molar areas. Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months. Also, consider a tooth paste that has fluoride and is approved by the dental experts.
Steps to Proper Brushing:
Starting with the outer surface of the upper left molars, hold your toothbrush sideways slightly touching your gums. The brush head covers an average of 2-3 teeth at a time. Move your brush back and forth in short and light strokes to prevent harming your teeth and gums. Do circular motion for 10 seconds or approximately 20 strokes. Clean all the front surfaces moving your brush in a clockwise direction from your left molars.
Next, use the same procedure in brushing the inside surfaces of your premolars and molars.
Afterwards, set the tip of your brush in the back surface of your upper front teeth, move it in a downward and upward strokes. Do the same with the back of your lower front teeth.
When done, brush the biting surfaces of your teeth to clean and remove food bits left in it.
Then, brush your tongue and cheeks in a very light motion and slow strokes for a fresher breath.
Rinse with water and spit out immediately to avoid swallowing. For a total clean effect, gargle with mouthwash solution.
Remember to brush your teeth at least 2 times a day, one in the morning and another before going to sleep at night. Avoid eating anything after brushing at night, pieces of food may be stocked in the biting surfaces of your teeth.
Set up an appointment with your dentist for consultation and to get more information in taking care of your teeth.