We are already taught when we are young the importance of brushing our teeth. And when we become stubborn and refuse to brush our teeth, our grandparents will tell us the tooth fairy won’t be as giving as she is only interested in healthy teeth. As we grow older, these tooth fairies have become our dentists, constantly reminding us to brush our teeth regularly and properly.
Despite the stories and the constant reminders that we hear when we were young, there are still instances when we neglect the importance of toothbrushing. More than half of the US adults are manifesting signs of gum disease while more than 16% of American children have untreated dental care. These statistics are solid proof that not brushing your teeth will give you some serious dental problems in the future; the same thing goes with not brushing it properly.
Brushing the teeth properly will remove the food particles, acids, and plaque that have accumulated on your teeth and tongue. This way, you will be able to protect your teeth against potential tooth decay and gum diseases.
What is the proper way of brushing teeth?
According to the American Dental Association, it is important to brush your teeth for 2 minutes at least twice daily. The problem with most people is that they either do not brush their teeth as often or they do not come close to 2 minutes when brushing their teeth. In this case, you may want to use a stopwatch to make sure that the entire process of brushing your teeth takes you a full 2 minutes or 120 seconds.
When brushing, it is important to use a toothbrush that fits well and can reach even the innermost part of your mouth. Make sure to replace it every 3 or 4 months, or when the bristles have frayed. To make the process more effective, opt for a fluoride toothpaste as it helps make your teeth stronger and healthier. Follow the steps below to properly brush your teeth:
- Add a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. Some like to wet the toothbrush with water to lubricate it.
- Aim your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gums; brush your teeth in a gentle, circular motion. You can start with the back teeth on one side or your upper molars, then gently work your way to the other side or in a clockwise direction. Do this for about 20 seconds; then gently roll the brush head away from the gum line in such a way that it will be able to scrub the surface of the tooth.
- Repeat the process on the inside surfaces of your teeth; paying close attention to the upper and lower molars.
- Use the tip of the toothbrush when brushing the back surface of the upper and lower front teeth. Gently direct the soft bristles of the brush towards your gum line in a flicking or sweeping motion, making sure to remove any food particles that are stuck between the teeth.
- Brush the upper and lower premolars and molars too in the same gentle and circular motion.
- Gently brush your tongue, the roof of your mouth, and the insides of your cheeks as they, too, have accumulated acids, food particles, and bacteria.
- Rinse your mouth well with clean water. You can also choose to use mouthwash.