Have you ever walked into a drugstore and spent 30 minutes figuring out which one to choose? There are many types of toothbrushes with different functions some are better than others but ultimately serve the same purpose. This is to serve as a tool for cleaning our teeth. But we might not know that there is a right and wrong way to brush our teeth.
Brushing regularly is fundamental to maintaining healthy teeth and gums and preventing gum diseases. But in order for this to happen it is also important to make sure you choose the right toothbrush for your teeth and use proper brushing techniques. We must brush our teeth at least twice a day ideally in the morning and in the evening before going to bed, for at least three minutes this can help ensure long term dental health.
Choosing a toothbrush right for you
Although frayed twigs did a fine job of cleaning your teeth in ancient times, these days’ toothbrushes come in a variety of forms textures and materials.
Choose a brush that is ADA approved to be sure the bristles are not too hard and allow for adequate plaque removal without causing damage to the enamel in the process which is a common cause of tooth sensitivity. It is also best if the bristles on the brush are of varied lengths. This will allows for the proper cleansing of the teeth by accessing the naturally deep grooves of your teeth with each stroke particularly along the gum line where the teeth make contact with one another. Then find one that fits comfortably in your hand and mouth. If the brush is comfortable to use, you’ll use it more often and more effectively. Pick one that is easy to use, whether it’s a powered or manual.
Once you’ve found an appropriate toothbrush for you, you need to brush your teeth the correct way in order to maintain good oral health and keep periodontal disease at bay.
How to Brush Your Teeth Effectively
The following can help you get the best out of your toothbrush no matter which one you choose;
Brush your teeth at least twice a day. Experts recommend brushing after every meal.
Brush thoroughly for at least three minutes and don’t forget to floss.
Brush along your gum line, angle your toothbrush slightly toward your gums.
Brush with care use a gentle motion so you don’t damage your gums.
Brush with a fluoride toothpaste to fight off tooth decay.
Brush every tooth surface.
Brush your tongue to scrape off bacteria that can cause bad breath.
Brush your teeth with a clean toothbrush and rinse the brush thoroughly after each use.
Replace your toothbrush every three to four months.
Your dentist can also show you proper cleaning methods. And clear up doubts about your oral health.
Of course a good toothbrush alone won’t maintain your oral health, because a toothbrush can’t get between your teeth. Only dental floss can do that, so remember to floss every day, and see your dentist for regular checkups.