The Correct Guide To Brushing Your Teeth The Right Way
A comprehensive guide to brush your teeth the right way.
Brushing your teeth is such a simple, everyday task. But there is a proven technique of how to brush your teeth step by step.
Over the years you may have gotten so used to brushing your teeth a certain way that it just seems so right. However, what matters more is not how long you've been brushing your teeth but how efficiently you've been doing it.
In the morning, you must have noticed that your mouth sometimes acquires a metallic or sour taste. A thin film of overlays your teeth at that time. This film contains bacteria that can cause gum disease and cavities. Might even push your teeth out of your mouth if you don't take care of it soon enough.
How to brush your teeth step by step
Brushing your teeth is not just a necessary activity for whiter teeth that lets you smile wider. It is important for your health generally. So here is a step by step guide to brushing your teeth.
Don't use too much toothpaste
This might seem to go against logic. You might be thinking the plenty the toothpaste the cleaner the teeth, right? Wrong. Over-foaming can occur when you use too much toothpaste. This might make you to spit out the foam, causing you to finish brushing your teeth early. And the more the toothpaste the higher the chance of swallowing fluoride from the toothpaste. Fluoride is unhealthy. So only use a small amount of toothpaste.
Keep your bristles at a 45-degree angle
The bristles are the part of your toothbrush that goes over your teeth. If you're right or left-handed 45 degree means inserting the brush from the side of your mouth. But don't brush across your teeth. Instead, brush with a circular motion.
Brush for 2 to 3 minutes
Some people might get bored brushing their teeth for that long. Humming a tune to yourself might help. Pick each part of your teeth and brush in a circular motion. You can spend 12 to 15 seconds on each spot before moving on.
Give your molars some attention
To brush your molars efficiently, place the bristles atop it perpendicularly. Pick your way from the back end. Move your bristles in and out. Then before moving on, do a circular motion over the molars to remove the bacteria that have been collected from the surface. And for the top molars, turn your bristles up. But make sure to swing you jaw to the side for better access.
The insides of your teeth
The inside of your lower teeth is the most commonly neglected part during brushing. Using your free hand hold your teeth apart with two of your fingers to make sure your mouth is open wide enough. This is so that you can reach the insides of your teeth and brush.
Gently brush your tongue
Brushing your tongue is an important part of brushing. This removes the bacteria on the tongue, thereby keeping bad breath away. But when you see some people brush their tongue you wonder if they're brushing a rock surface. Use the bristles of your brush to clean your tongue. Let the movement be gentle or you'll damage the tissue.
Rinse your mouth after brushing
This one may differ from person to person. If you prefer rinsing, take water from a cup or hug, take a sip and swish around your mouth. Make sure the water circulates before spitting out.
There has been a bit of debate on whether it's appropriate to rinse your mouth after brushing or not. Some rinse so they don't swallow fluoride, while others don't because they feel it impact the effectiveness of the fluoride. Studies have shown that this has no significant impact.
Rinse your toothbrush
Well, there's no debate on this one. You have to rinse your toothbrush after brushing your teeth. For a few seconds keep your brush, especially the bristles under running water. This will remove the bacteria collected from your mouth so you don't reintroduce them back into your mouth the next time you brush. Leave your toothbrush somewhere to air and water to dry out.
Other things you could do after brushing
- You can use mouthwash to rinse your mouth after brushing. This is optional. If you want to purchase and try it out, mouthwash is sold in most drugstores in Nigeria. Take a small sip of it and rinse your mouth, but be sure not to swallow.
- You can also use salt water to rinse your mouth. Saltwater kills bacteria. Just don't rinse every day or you run the risk of eroding your teeth due to the acidic content of salt.
Brush your teeth twice a day. Once before going to bed and once after breakfast in the morning. Dentists recommend that you change your toothbrush often. Don't wait until the bristles are completely useless.
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