How to brush your teeth correctly
The American Dental Association recommends you brush your teeth at least 2 times a day with a soft bristle brush and a suitable toothpaste for the best tooth cleaning effect.
Start with 4 proper brushing steps below to clean your teeth against tooth decay and other dental diseases.
1. Clean your teeth before brushing
In order for the tooth cleaning procedure to be most effective, first, you need to rinse your mouth with water for about 30 seconds. This is to moisten the cavity and preliminarily remove food debris in the mouth.
If more careful, you can floss to clean teeth before brushing. Regular brushing only removes bacteria and plaque at places where the brush touches. For smaller gaps, flossing will be a perfect way of cleaning.
The cleaning step before brushing does not take too much time but is very important and you should not skip it. A few more acts before brushing will help you clean your teeth more effectively.
2. Take toothpaste
You should use soft, round-bristle brushes to prevent tooth erosion and gum damage. After wetting the toothbrush, take out a moderate amount of toothpaste for the best results.
For children under 6 years of age, you should only give them a small amount of cream as a grain of rice because sometimes they can swallow toothpaste. Older children and adults can start using a pea-sized amount of toothpaste.
You should replace your toothbrush periodically, up to every 6 months to ensure optimal oral health. An old toothbrush or a bristles one may not help you clean your teeth, it can even cause many harmful effects to the teeth such as bleeding gums, gingivitis, receding gums, etc.
3. Hold the toothbrush in the right direction
You should brush your teeth in the following order: the upper molars - the lower molars and the outside - the inside - the chewing surface, starting from the inner molars to the incisors. To make brushing easier and ensure your teeth are clean, split into groups of 2-3 teeth to brush in a circular motion each time.
When holding the toothbrush, make sure that the brush is placed horizontally and at a 45-degree angle to the gum line so that the end of the brush makes contact with both the teeth and gums.
Start by gently brushing to remove food particles from the surface of the teeth. Move the brush in circular motions clockwise for about 20 seconds and then start brushing to the next teeth.
In any case, remember not to brush horizontally because it is easy to cause gum and tooth lesions. Especially for children, they should practice brushing their teeth properly in early-stage to develop a good habit.
4. Scrape the tongue and the inside of the cheek
Dental health will not be ensured if you only brush the teeth area. Use the brush to clean the tongue, gums, and cavity. Some brushes with back-brush design can help you clean these areas easily in order to eliminate bacteria completely.
Also, do not forget to rinse your mouth after brushing your teeth to remove the last remaining plaque and reduce bad breath. If you do not have mouthwash, use salt water instead since it also has a good antiseptic effect.
The entire standard process of brushing your teeth will take at least 2 to 3 minutes. If you find it difficult to follow strictly, try playing a song to determine the amount of time needed to help clean teeth effectively.
If you find yourself regularly brushing your teeth but still have many dental diseases, you should review the brushing process to see if it is right. Develop a logical brushing routine for comprehensive oral health and improve your confidence when showing a smile with strong and bright teeth.