Brushing your teeth should be a common practice in all of our households, but is your current routine really giving you the most benefit? Use this article as your guide for re-evaluating your oral hygiene routine.
The Tools You Need for Healthy Teeth
The best way to take care of your teeth is to take care of your toothbrush. According to Colgate.com, for healthy teeth, you should use a soft-bristle toothbrush. Replace it every three to four months and any time after you’ve been sick. A worn toothbrush won’t be efficient at cleaning your teeth and a toothbrush you’ve used while ill can re-infect you. According to research, electric toothbrushes clean more efficiently than regular toothbrushes. They promote healthy teeth, remove more plaque and many even have timers, so you will know how long you have been brushing your teeth.
for at least two minutes is recommended by dentists. We suggest using a stopwatch to see how much time you normally spend on your teeth. You may be surprised by the results!
After you select the proper toothbrush, make sure to get a toothpaste that includes fluoride. Fluoride is incredibly important in maintaining enamel health through your oral hygiene routine! See our article on fluoride for more information.
Toothbrushing for Healthy Teeth
VeryWellHealth.com recommends toothbrushing from the back to front of your mouth at a 45-degree angle, while paying special attention to teeth that are hard to reach like your molars. For healthy teeth, be sure to gently brush the inner, outer and chewing surface of each tooth. Brush using short, circular motions and be thorough, but not too firm. Spend extra time brushing the backs of both top and bottom rows of front teeth, as these sections often require more time.
Brushing your teeth too hard is a common mistake and can harm healthy teeth. EverdayHealth shares that brushing too forcefully can result in bloody gums, receding gum lines and enamel decay.
Places that are often forgotten about when brushing your teeth are your tongue, roof of your mouth and the inside of your cheeks. These areas can harbor harmful bacteria which can lead to bad breath. Brush them softly in circular motions during your oral hygiene routine.
After you are done brushing, you can use mouthwash to reach spots you may have missed and finish with a clean water rinse.
When you are completely done with your oral hygiene routine, make sure to store your toothbrush in an upright position and keep it someplace dry. Don’t place your toothbrush near other toiletries or toothbrushes belonging to other members of your family as cross-contamination may occur. Contrary to popular belief, it’s
not safe to routinely cover your toothbrush, as keeping it in a dark area or in a container can encourage yeast and bacterial growth.
For healthy teeth, you need to brush your teeth at least twice a day if not more often. Ideally, include oral hygiene in your routines just after breakfast and right before bed.