Brushing your teeth is an essential part of maintaining good oral hygiene. Proper brushing techniques can help remove plaque, prevent cavities, and keep your gums healthy.
Here are eight great tips on how to correctly brush your teeth:
1. Choose the Right Toothbrush
Select a toothbrush with soft bristles that can easily reach all areas of your mouth, especially around the wires if you are wearing braces. A toothbrush with a small head is also recommended as it can help you access hard-to-reach areas.
2. Use the Correct Toothpaste
Use a fluoride toothpaste as it can help strengthen your teeth and prevent cavities. Squeeze a pea-sized amount of toothpaste onto your toothbrush.
3. Angle your toothbrush
Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gums. Brush in a circular motion, ensuring that the bristles of your toothbrush are touching both your gums and teeth.
4. Brush All Surfaces of Your Teeth
Brush the outer surfaces, inner surfaces, and chewing surfaces of all your teeth. Pay extra attention to the back teeth and hard-to-reach areas.
5. Brush Your Tongue
Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen your breath.
6. Don’t Forget to Floss
Flossing can help remove plaque and food particles from between your teeth and under your gum line. Floss at least once a day.
7. Rinse Your Mouth
Rinse your mouth with water or mouthwash to help rinse away any remaining debris.
8. Replace Your Toothbrush
Replace your toothbrush every three to four months or when the bristles become frayed.
It is recommended that you brush your teeth at least twice a day, for two minutes each time. If you are in braces or Invisalign treatment, we want you to brush after each meal or snack. Brushing your teeth correctly can help maintain good oral hygiene, prevent cavities, and keep your gums healthy. If you have any concerns about your oral health, you can speak to one of our orthodontists or contact your dentist for additional advice.