Tooth Brushing 101

  • Jan 12 2017

The most important thing in keeping a healthy mouth is brushing your teeth regularly. However, brushing the teeth is not as simple as moving the toothbrush back and forth. There are things that you have to know for your tooth brushing activity to be effective. You should know how to choose the proper toothbrush, the effective way of brushing your teeth and the right way of caring for your toothbrush.

Choosing the Proper Toothbrush

  • Pick a toothbrush that has a soft bristle. Hard bristles can harm your gums and may cause bleeding. Soft bristle toothbrush is better as it does not hurt the gums.
  • Pick the right size of the toothbrush according to the size of your mouth. If you have a small mouth, you should choose a toothbrush with a small head. It is not sensible to pick a very big toothbrush when your mouth is very small. The size of the toothbrush and the size of your mouth should be in proportion with each other.
  • Pick a toothbrush that is easy to use. May it be a manual or an electric toothbrush, you should be able to use it easily. It should have a good grip so that you can use it properly.

Effective Way of Brushing the Teeth

Make it a habit to brush your teeth every after meal. The most important times to brush your teeth are morning and night. Brush your teeth for at least 3 minutes. Floss your teeth as well.

  • Brush your teeth gently. Take your time and brush softly. If you are doing it roughly, you might harm your gums.
  • Brush your tongue as well. Most of the bacteria do not live in the teeth. Instead, they live in the tongue. Thus, you have to remove them by brushing your tongue.
  • Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months. If the bristles are destroyed in the 1st month though, you have to replace it immediately.
  • Rinse your toothbrush thoroughly with water after using it. This is to remove the remaining toothpaste and even food particles on the brush.
  • In storing your toothbrush, you should position it upwards. This will give the bristles enough time to dry. Do not store them in a closed place. Do not also cover the bristles so that they will dry out. If there are several brushes stored in one container, make sure that there is enough space. This will allow the free circulation of air.
  • Do not share your person to another person. Consider it as a personal item which cannot be shared with others.

Taking Care of Your Toothbrush

Your teeth are very important. Therefore, you should have to care for it properly. Brush your teeth using the right brush. Eat healthy foods and avoid too many sweets. Last but not least, visit your dentist regularly. If you are in San Diego, consider visiting Dr. Lynne March. She has been practicing her profession for several decades already. She is also offering different services such as general and cosmetic dentistry.

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