How to Brush your Teeth Correctly

Good dental health starts here!

The vast majority of us probably ‘do the right thing’ when it comes to looking after our teeth. We diligently brush and possibly floss our teeth at least twice a day in the manner which we were shown as children. The saying goes though that old habits die hard and many of us are still probably using techniques which are no longer recommended by top dentists in London and the rest of the UK.

Tips for Correct Cleaning

good brushing technique makes senseThe first ‘essential’ to good teeth cleaning is time. Most of us probably brush our teeth until we feel that they are clean and our breath is fresh. This takes on average about 30 seconds. So, is this enough? well, no! Dentists now recommend that we brush our teeth for at least 2 minutes. It is quite possible that you think that you already do this but next time you clean your teeth, use a timer or a stopwatch; you are likely to be surprised at how far short of this you fall. If you have children, get them into this habit early on, perhaps using a cartoon phone app timer to encourage them. The method used to clean our teeth too is important. Many of us pay less attention to the rear teeth as these are less visible; however they also take a great part of the workload when it comes to chewing so these should be kept in good condition too. Using short strokes, ensure that you clean all of your teeth and also pay attention to those hard to reach areas such as at the back of the rear teeth (one of the most common areas where decay is found). Equally importantly, make sure that you clean around the gum lines to prevent build up of plaque which will lead to gum disease.

Standard or Electric Toothbrush?

There are now a plethora of toothbrushes available and it can be confusing to decide which to use. At the end of the day, the choice is yours although many dentists do suggest that an electric toothbrush is the better option. Whichever you use though, do make sure that it is kept in good condition and replaced when worn. Too many people use their brushes well past their prime and this decreases its effectiveness in removing plaque.

Generally speaking, your toothbrush should be replaced every three months or if it is showing signs of wear, even earlier. Also, if you have had a cold or the flu, ideally your toothbrush should be changed then as it is likely to have collected germs from your gums. Pouring boiling water over the toothbrush may help somewhat but replacing it entirely (or the head of an electric toothbrush) is the better option. Just these few simple tips will lead to more effective cleaning and keep your teeth looking great for longer and delaying any need for further dental treatments such as those needed when gum disease is present.

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