The Best Brush
Most of you that are reading this blog have probably been brushing your teeth for years. And for most of you as well, when you brush, you don’t think about what exactly you are doing. You simply pick up the brush, wet it, add some toothpaste, brush, rinse and then move on. If you are saying to yourself “yes, that’s what I usually do”, this week’s post is for you. I want to make sure I address the right way to brush your teeth so that you can get your pearly whites as clean as possible and for you to start building good brushing habits from here out.
First step in properly brushing your teeth is to get a brush that’s the right size. There are hundreds of types of brushes on the market, so pick one that fits your mouth. Additionally, make sure the bristles aren’t too hard. As I have mentioned previously, hard bristles do more damage than good.
Next, get good toothpaste. Get one that suits your flavor and texture likes (or dislikes) and please remember to get one that’s ADA (American Dental Association) approved. I personally like a mint paste rather than a gel but that’s just my preference.
Now we will get to your mouth! After putting paste on the brush, hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and start to brush in a circular motion. Make tiny little circles on your teeth including the front of them, the tops, the back side and the edges. It is recommended you spend at least 2 minutes brushing your teeth which break out to being 30 seconds per quadrangle (if you were to break your mouth up in to 4 sections).
Once you have brushed, rinse your mouth with water and then floss.
Lastly, make sure that your brush is placed (after being rinsed off) on a toothbrush stand or somewhere where it can drip try. Try to avid leaving it in a pool of water on your counter or in a bag where it is likely to grow bacteria. If you can’t remember when the last time was you replaced your brush – it’s time for a new one. It’s also recommended that you replace your brush every few months. Buying a toothbrush isn’t typically an expensive task so this is one that you don’t want to forget.
If you have any questions about your brushing technique or how to best clean your teeth, please contact us! We are always here for you.
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