We all know regular brushing helps to prevent tooth decay and gum disease, as well as keeping your mouth fresh, but it’s a good idea to take a look at your technique and make sure you are cleaning your teeth effectively. It is important to brush teeth properly to ensure adequate removal of plaque and food particles.
Here are some tooth brushing tips to ensure a healthier, cleaner mouth:
- Use a soft to medium bristled brush to avoid potential erosion of tooth enamel and choose one with a smaller head as it will allow improved access to the back of the mouth. Replace your toothbrush at least once every 3-4 months.
- Brush for at least two minutes, twice a day, especially before you go to bed. It can help to divide your mouth into four sections and spend 30 seconds on each area, using a gentle scrubbing action. Don’t brush too hard as it can actually wear away enamel. For the most effective plaque removal try holding your brush at a 45° angle.
- Use a toothpaste with fluoride to help strengthen enamel and don’t rinse your mouth straight away to give the fluoride a chance to work.
- If you have sensitive teeth, try using a toothpaste specially designed to counteract sensitivity.
- Don’t forget to floss and clean between your teeth too. You can also use mouthwash and tongue scrapers for extra freshness.
- If you can’t get to a toothbrush, chew sugar-free gum to neutralise any acids or rinse your mouth with water.
- Encourage the younger members of your family to develop the brushing habit but make sure you supervise them until they are old enough to clean their teeth effectively on their own.