It seems strange to discuss brushing your teeth because it's a basic component of oral hygiene and health. But there are people who brush their teeth once a day or do it in 20 seconds. Others forget the importance of flossing or change their brush once a year. We need to remember that it is proper daily dental care that is an important part of dental health and the prevention of dental and oral disease. Why brush your teeth The main reasons are: Eliminating plaque or large amounts of bacteria that form due to food debris. This leads to tartar or tooth decay, which requires a visit to the dentist and extra money to fix. Plus, plaque affects yellowed tooth enamel, which looks unaesthetic;prevention of tooth decay;enamel health. The extra minerals and elements in the treatment toothpaste provide teeth with the missing substances.
It is recommended that you change your toothpaste so that it is not addictive, and buy one that is just right for you. For example: strengthening toothpaste for sensitive teeth, restoring enamel, for bleeding gums, and so on. It also makes your breath fresher, massages and heals your gums, and saves your budget in case you visit the dentist. How to Brush Your Teeth Properly If you're using a regular toothbrush: Make upward motions from the bottom (from the gum to the edge of the tooth), from the front and back of the teeth.
In addition, make circular motions on the teeth; at least three minutes; do not use rapid horizontal movements, as many are accustomed to do; keep the brush at a 45 degree angle, beginning on the outer surface of the lower tooth row. Move the brush from the outermost teeth to the center; the motion is like sweeping. Proceed in the same way on the inside of the teeth. Clean each tooth in the direction from the gum to the edge of the tooth. At the end, massage the gums: close the jaws and run the brush in circular motions over the surface of the teeth and gums; it is not recommended to use daily mouthwashes. Only with a course of 7-14 days or as recommended by your dentist; it is better to choose soft or medium bristles that cover one and a half teeth. Pay attention to your toothbrush: if the bristles look in different directions, it means that you put a lot of pressure on your teeth while brushing.
That's a good reason to get a new one; If using an electric toothbrush: moisten the bristles, apply a pea-sized amount of toothpaste, turn on the brush and simply move the gadget from tooth to tooth, cleaning each one. Optional: Brush your tongue and the inside of your cheeks once a day, preferably before going to bed;don't be afraid to visit the dentist and have cavities removed at the slightest appearance.
Even with panic fear it is better to endure for five minutes and cure a tooth than to let it decay or even lose it completely; in the absence of any complaints, visit the dentist once every six months and do professional oral hygiene. This will help you to be proactive: remove tartar and other dental problems; if there is plaque or persistent breath, visit a gastroenterologist to rule out diseases; floss between teeth, even if there are no pieces of food left; brush - between the teeth near the gums; use an irrigator: it removes plaque and food debris from between teeth, and massages the gums by pulsating the water jet. How often you can brush your teeth No more than twice a day. Brushing five or six times can damage tooth enamel and gums. Nature has done everything for us: there is a natural plaque on the enamel - pellicle, which protects it from external factors. If you're concerned about your teeth and want to make sure they're clean, use mouthwash between meals. And always carry floss with you. How Long to Brush Your Teeth At least two minutes, allocating about 35 seconds to four areas of your teeth (two inner and two outer rows). Use an alarm clock or stopwatch if you're not sure you're on time.
How to Choose a Toothbrush Conventional and electric toothbrushes are suitable. In the absence of problems, it is better to choose a medium-hard toothbrush among the regular ones. Adults with sensitive teeth are better to pay attention to a brush with soft bristles. Hard brushes can be used for heavy plaque or tartar. Electric brushes are considered more effective because of the rotation speed of the bristles. They work harder on dirt in the mouth, remove more plaque, and are better at cleaning between teeth. When choosing any brush, consult with your dentist who will take into account your age and the condition of your teeth and gums.
How Often should I change my brush? At least once every three to four months. Do not use the same brush for several months, or for many years. How can you check the cleanliness of your teeth? You can buy plaque staining tablets at the drugstore and use them after brushing. They will show "gaps" that are worth paying attention to for the next cleanings.