How To Brush Your Teeth Properly: 2 Minutes, Twice a Day
If you want to have healthy teeth and gums, you need to learn how to brush your teeth properly. Brushing your teeth correctly will help you minimize the risk of gum problems and tooth decay, which eventually might lead to tooth lost.
When you brush your teeth with a manual toothbrush, ask a dental professional for the best toothbrushes on the market. Use fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristle toothbrush, which you’ll replace every 3 months.
Spend at least 2 minutes, morning and night, using our brushing technique that includes 30 seconds of brushing each section of your mouth.
How to Brush Your Teeth Properly
Start with inner and outer surfaces. Brush at a 45 degree angle using short strokes against the gum line. Make sure you brush your back teeth.
Brush your chewing surfaces. You need to hold your brush flat and brush back and forth along the chewing surfaces.
Once you brush the inside surfaces of your front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and use gentle up and down strokes with the tip of your brush.
Gently brush your teeth along your gum line.
Finish by brushing your tongue back to front sweeping motions to remove any food particles and bacteria from it.
Use a good toothbrush
Choose a toothbrush with soft nylon bristles. This must effectively remove plaque and debris from your teeth, without irritating the gums or eroding tooth enamel like hard-bristled brushes can do when used with sideways action. The toothbrush should also fit comfortably in your hand, and have a head small enough to easily reach all of your teeth, especially the ones at the back. If you have difficulty fitting the toothbrush into your mouth, it is probably too big.
Replace your toothbrush regularly
The bristles will wear out over time, losing their flexibility and effectiveness. You should purchase a new toothbrush every three to four months, or as soon as the bristles start to splay and lose their shape. Visual inspection of the toothbrush is more important than the actual timeline. You can also buy toothbrushes whose handles will change color when it’s time to purchase a new toothbrush.
Use a fluoride toothpaste
It not only helps remove plaque, but it also helps strengthen tooth enamel. It’s important to note that fluoride toothpaste is not to be swallowed, as ingesting too much can have serious health consequences. It should not be used for children under the age of three.
Use dental floss
Flossing your teeth is just as important as brushing, as it removes built-up plaque, bacteria and food particles that get trapped between the teeth, which soft floppy toothbrush bristles can’t reach even when used with up or down natural motion. You should always floss before brushing your teeth so that any food or bacteria that comes loose during flossing doesn’t remain in your mouth.
Use a small amount of toothpaste
Squeeze only a pea-sized amount of toothpaste onto your toothbrush. Applying too much toothpaste can cause over-sudsing, tempting you to spit and finish too early. Plus, it increases the risk of you ingesting more fluoride-filled toothpaste, which is very unhealthy.
Set your bristles at the gum line at a 45-degree angle
Gently brush with a short, circular motion. Don’t brush across your teeth. Ask your dentist or hygienist to present you the correct brushing technique.
Spend two to three minutes brushing
Brush just a few teeth at a time,and work your way around your mouth in a circle so that you get every tooth spend about 12 to 15 seconds in each spot. If it helps, you can divide your mouth into quadrants: top left, top right, bottom left, and bottom right. If you spend 30 seconds on each quadrant, you’ll get a full two minutes of brushing time in.
Brush your molars
Position the toothbrush so that it’s perpendicular to your lips, or so that the bristles are resting on top of your bottom molars. Work the toothbrush in an in-and-out motion, and move from the back of your mouth to the front. Then complete this motion doing a rotational movement of the brush in order to eliminate bacteria which have been dislocated from the surface. Repeat on the other side of your mouth. When the bottom teeth are clean, flip the toothbrush over and work on the top molars.
Brush the inner surfaces of your teeth
Tip the toothbrush so that the head of the toothbrush is pointing towards your gum line, and brush each tooth. Dentists report that the most commonly skipped area is the inside of the lower front teeth, so be sure not to forget those! Check that your mouth is opening wide enough by holding teeth apart with two or three fingers of your other hand. This will allow correct vertical angle to reach edge of gum.
Brush your tongue gently
After you’ve cleaned your teeth, use the bristles of your toothbrush to gently clean your tongue. Don’t press too hard, or you’ll damage the tissue. This helps keep bad breath away and gets rid of bacteria on your tongue.
Rinse out your mouth
If you choose to rinse after brushing, take a sip of water from a disposable cup, or cup your hands under the faucet. Swish it around your mouth, and spit it out.
Finish with a fluoride-based mouthwash
Take a small sip of mouthwash, swish it in your mouth for about 30 seconds, and spit it out. Be careful not to swallow any.
Rinse your mouth with salt water
Saltwater kills the bad bacteria on your teeth. There is a rumor that saltwater is acidic and can erode teeth if used too often. It’s better not to use it too often, as, like anything, too much of anything is bad.