What's The Correct Way To Brush Your Teeth? | Oral Health

What's The Correct Way To Brush Your Teeth? | Oral Health

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What's The Correct Way To Brush Your Teeth? | Oral Health

Tooth Brushing | Oral Health | Dental Care | Flossing

What's The Correct Way To Brush Your Teeth?

It is important to brush your teeth and floss to prevent gum diseases. Refusal to brush one’s teeth for several days or weeks at a time can lead to the onset of gum disease. Brushing ensures the removal of plaque, which is the primary cause for tooth decay and gum disease; it also arrests the build-up of any plaque formation.

Brushing one’s teeth can help prevent tooth decay that can lead to dental cavities, which is the formation of holes on the teeth, a condition that can not only be painful but can also result in tooth loss if not properly taken care of. Brushing also helps prevent bad breath, which may potentially discourage friends, colleagues, and family members from developing deeper interpersonal relationships with you.

So, what's the correct way to brush your teeth?

  • Brush for a full 2 minutes.
    • Plaque is a film of bacteria that coats your teeth if you don't brush them away properly for 2 minutes it contributes to gum disease and tooth decay.
  • Brush with soft bristles.
    • Medium and hard-bristled brushes can actually cause damage to the enamel, gums exposing the roots and damaging the root surface.
  • Brush using short, gentle strokes. 
    • Brushing too hard and aggressive will cause your gums to recede exposing the root surface
  • Don't forget to change your toothbrush every 3 months or every time you get sick.
    • What seems like a simple step, is often forgotten by many! To prevent bacteria from building up in the bristles, which can affect your oral health and general wellbeing, all toothbrushes should be replaced after 3 months or anytime after you have been feeling sick. 

Don’t Forget to Floss!

You’ve heard this time and time again, but as we deal with busier schedules flossing tends to be overlooked by many people! Dental floss is effective at cleaning areas where your toothbrush cannot reach, including the small gaps and tight spaces between teeth. Food debris from your diet as well as sugars and acids from drinks can sit in between teeth where the brushes tend not to reach. To ensure the best overall oral health, flossing should be done daily- if not multiple times a day! 

Your daily oral hygiene routine should include a thorough brushing that lasts for two minutes, at least twice each day. You should also be incorporating floss into your routine as well. 

If you have a difficult time remembering to floss I recommend leaving it on your bedside table and using it right before bed as you are winding down for the night.

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