Brushing your teeth is a simple habit, when done right it’s an excellent way to prevent dental conditions such as bad breath, tartar formation or even periodontitis. Most of us were taught how to brush the right way when we were little and have kept the habit throughout our lifetime, but, is it the right way to brush?.
Check your breath
A very good indicator of brushing right is to check your breath; there are several reasons why one could have bad breath, but if you brush and floss after a meal and you can still feel the taste of food in your mouth, you probably weren’t doing the throughout job you thought.
Look for food remains
A good brushing gets rid of every trace of food inside your mouth, if you feel bits of food between your teeth or you see them when looking at the mirror, then you should probably brush or floss again. Some foods are harder to wash away than others, for example, popcorn residue and meat can be a pain to clean; but even if you are in a hurry you should take your time to rinse and brush again, even the smallest piece of food can be detrimental to your overall dental health.
Use plaque disclosing tablets
Plaque is the residue created by bacteria as it decomposes the food in our mouth, fortunately, thanks to modern technology it’s rather simple to determine if we have plaque. Plaque disclosing tablets or candies stains the plaque with a bright color so we can detect where it’s concentrated, that way you can determine which areas need to be further brushed, and at the same time, learn what areas you aren’t covering with your current brushing technique, so you can be more careful next time.
When in doubt, brush, brush, and then keep brushing… and do more
Brushing might be one of your most powerful tools for oral hygiene, but it’s not the only one. Flossing can really help you get rid of food in those very hard to reach places, same deal with a mouth wash and a good rinse. And even if you can’t find a bathroom to brush your teeth, you can chew xylitol bubblegum in the meantime, the sticky nature of the gum helps you get rid of that bothersome residue.
In the end, good oral hygiene isn’t just about good habits, but also about planning and creativity.