You probably believe you already know how to wash your teeth. Isn’t it true that we all learn how to brush our teeth while we’re young? However, you may be surprised to learn that there are many myths about brushing teeth effectively. Some people were possibly trained incorrectly as kids. Errors might have crept up over time as well. You could be causing tooth abrasion or even gum damage if you don’t brush properly using a soft-bristled toothbrush. Gingivitis and tooth decay can both spur up if you’re not brushing your teeth properly. 

Use the appropriate toothbrush 

A soft-bristled toothbrush is the best option for most people. Medium and hard-bristled brushes may cause damage to the gums, root surface, and protective tooth enamel depending on how aggressively you brush your teeth, and the strength or lack thereof of your teeth. Natural bristle toothbrushes should not be used since they can harbor bacteria. In addition, a tiny brush head would be required to reach all the nooks and crannies in your teeth. Choosing a toothbrush with a comfortable handle for your hand is another important factor. 

Use the right toothpaste 

You must use fluoride-containing toothpaste. Fluoride eliminates plaque and builds tooth enamel at the same time. Use toothpastes that are ADA accepted. 

Apply the proper technique 

Apply a pea-sized amount of toothpaste first. Brush your teeth in little circular motions rather than across your teeth. Next, brush the front of your teeth at a 45° angle with your toothbrush. By opening your mouth wide and angling your toothbrush toward the gum line, you can clean the insides of your teeth. 

Brush your teeth twice a day 

Brushing once a day is far superior to not brushing at all, but twice a day is recommended. It is highly recommended to brush your teeth twice a day for at least 2-3 minutes. Food can turn into plaque in as little as eight hours; therefore, brushing only once a day will result in plaque on your teeth. 

Brush your tongue 

Yes, your toothbrush has ma purpose other than brushing your teeth. Bacteria that form on the tongue are challenging to get rid of. Brushing is required because mouthwash can be ineffective. Brush your entire tongue with new toothpaste, reaching as deep into your mouth as is comfortable. 

Use dental floss 

Flossing is the part of tooth care that is frequently overlooked. Do not make this mistake. Brushing your teeth is effective, but it isn’t enough. Flossing is the only way to eliminate little food waste particles caught between the teeth. At least once a day, floss between all of your teeth. 

Brushing your teeth regularly in the right way helps to avoid bad breath. In addition, it enhances your confidence when speaking with friends, colleagues, and family members, allowing you to create better interpersonal interactions. To get more tips and techniques to maintain your oral health, drop by Bravo! Dental– a professional and caring dental office for all your dental concerns. 

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