Brushing your teeth is the single most important thing you can do for your oral health. It not only gives you fresher breath and a whiter smile; it also reduces your risk of cavities and gum disease. However, despite the importance of brushing your teeth, there are many people don’t know how to brush properly. So, in this post, we’ll give you some useful tips to ensure you’re brushing the right way.
How to brush your teeth
Follow these four simple steps to become a toothbrush master!
- Place the toothbrush against your teeth at a 45° angle with the head of the toothbrush facing your gums. Using short and gentle strokes, move the brush back-and-forth against your teeth and gums. Of course, if you’re using an electric toothbrush, then there’s no need to use a brushing motion. Instead, simply move the toothbrush slowly across your teeth and gums.
- Continue brushing until you’ve done all your teeth (front and back!).
- Brush the chewing surface of each tooth.
- Finally, spend a few seconds paying special attention to the backs of your front teeth. Using the tip of the toothbrush, clean these areas carefully.
Should I brush my tongue?
Yes, definitely! Most people neglect to brush their tongue, but dentists recommend it because harmful bacteria often live there.
There’s no need to buy any special tool to brush your tongue – you can just use the bristles of your toothbrush. Simply put a dab of toothpaste onto your toothbrush, and then start brushing at the back of your tongue, and then work forwards to the front.
Should I rinse my mouth after brushing my teeth?
This is a frequent question we get from our patients. The answer is no, you shouldn’t rinse your mouth with water after brushing your teeth. This is because toothpaste contains fluoride, which is a mineral that helps keep your teeth strong and healthy. Rinsing your mouth with water would wash away the fluoride, thereby defeating the purpose of brushing your teeth in the first place. So, the only thing you should do after brushing your teeth is spit any excess toothpaste into the sink.
Does having braces affect how I should brush my teeth?
Yes, it certainly does. This is because it’s easy for bits of food to get stuck in braces, which is why wearers of braces have to be super-diligent when brushing. If you have braces, then make sure to brush under your wires and between your brackets, as these are places with food can become easily trapped. And if you have trouble cleaning your teeth thoroughly, you might want to try an interdental toothbrush. These are small toothbrushes that easily fit into the small spaces around your wires and brackets.
We hope that by reading this post, you’ve picked up a few tips about how to brush your teeth properly. If you’d like to speak to a dentist about this topic or indeed any other, then simply call us on 0121 357 5000 and make an appointment. We’re here for you!