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Brushing Tips and Techniques for Healthy Teeth and Gums
Effective tooth brushing is essential for good oral health and the preservation of your teeth and smile. It can also be foundational to other aspects of health, including immune system support, reducing inflammation, and avoiding heart disease and other chronic problems.
Brushing your teeth properly removes food particles and bacteria that can otherwise lead to tooth decay and gum disease. While you want to apply enough pressure to cleanse the teeth and gums, you don’t want to scrub too hard or in a way that causes tooth erosion and injury to the gums. The following are some essential tips and techniques for safe, effective tooth brushing to help preserve your smile for a lifetime:
Go Soft. Use a soft bristle tooth brush; avoid the medium and hard varieties.
Choose an Ideal Brush Head Size. The head of the brush should fit easily into your mouth. Avoid brushes that are too large, as you will not be able to brush all of the tooth surfaces effectively.
The Right Amount of Toothpaste. Use around a pea-sized amount of toothpaste.
Brush Position and Motion. Hold the toothbrush at around a 45 degree angle. Use a circular motion to clean the teeth on all sides; avoid a back and forth motion.
Don’t Forget the Insides and Back Teeth. Once you have cleaned the outer surfaces of the teeth, brush the inside surfaces as well as the back sides of the back teeth.
Use the Two Minute Rule. Strive to brush your teeth for around two minutes; less than that likely isn’t enough, and longer than that can cause excessive wear to the teeth and gums.
Clean Your Tongue and Mouth. Cleanse bacteria from your tongue as well as from the roof and sides of your mouth.
Update Your Brush. Change out your toothbrush for a fresh one at least every four months; sooner if the bristles become visibly worn or frayed.
Dental and oral care is foundational to a healthy smile and other aspects of health, including immune system support, proper organ functioning and avoiding chronic disease. Following these tips can help to combat mouth bacteria, cavities and other more serious problems.
Cultivate these tooth care habits to support oral health for a lifetime – and don’t forget to floss as well!