Although most people brush their teeth on a fairly regular basis – many tend to do so rather poorly. When you’re not thorough about brushing your teeth you’ll inevitably leave behind bits of food and plaque that will eventually end up causing problems.
To learn how to brush your teeth properly, it is probably best to start at the top.
Picking the Right Tools
Contrary to what you may think, when it comes to toothbrushes it isn’t a case of ‘one size fits all’. Pick a toothbrush that you’re comfortable with and that isn’t too big to reach all the parts of your mouth. Ideally the brush itself should be fairly soft too.
Aside from that you’ll also need toothpaste and dental floss. For toothpaste try to go for any toothpaste with fluoride that will strengthen your teeth, and for dental floss you should pick anything that is approved.
If you want you can also invest in mouthwash as it can help to get rid of some bits of food while also dealing with bacteria that may already be building up in your mouth.
Learning the Proper Technique
When you do brush your teeth the main goal is to be thorough and cover the entire area of your teeth – both back and front. Think of your teeth as having three separate parts that need to be brushed: The outside, inside, and top (i.e. chewing surfaces) and make sure that you cover all three parts for all your teeth.
Instead of using a back-and-forth saw-like motion when you brush, try to use a circular motion generally and a up-and-down motion for your front teeth.
It is recommended that you brush your teeth at least twice a day after meals and spend two to three minutes each time that you do. Many people tend to feel that they’re spending longer than they actually are when brushing their teeth – so it may be a good idea to time yourself at least once and see how long you’re spending on it.
If you feel that you need more advice then it would be a good idea to ask your dentist at your next regular check-up. Ideally you should be scheduling a check-up with your dentist at least once a year or once every six months, and most dentists will advise you on brushing techniques and dental hygiene as part of that checkup.
If you’re in the area you might want to try the Chiswick dentist located at Chiswick Park Dental Practice, 62 South Parade, Chiswick, London, W4 5LG. Not only do they provide a wide array of dental services but they also have specific hygiene appointments that could prove helpful.