We all know brushing our teeth is one of the best things we can do for overall good hygiene. But what should we know about brushing and what’s the best way to brush?
Here are 3 things the ADA recommends about brushing:
- Always brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled brush. The size and shape of your toothbrush should fit your mouth comfortably, allowing you to reach all areas in your mouth easily.
- It’s good to replace your toothbrush every three months. If the bristles are frayed then replace it earlier, a worn toothbrush won’t clean your teeth very well.
- Make sure you’re using an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste.
Okay, so now we know what we’re suppose to do but what’s the best way to do it? Following is the proper technique to use when brushing your teeth:
- Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gums.
- Move back and forth gently in short strokes.
- Brush all surfaces of your teeth. The inner, outer and chewing surfaces.
- To properly clean the inside surface of your front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and make several up and down strokes.
- Always brush your tongue to remove bacteria, this also helps prevent bad breath.
And don’t forget to floss too!