Brushing your teeth the right way, some tips to improve your oral hygiene

Brushing your teeth the right way, some tips to improve your oral hygiene
September 9th, 2016 | Blog | No comments

Brushing your teeth is second nature to us all. We do it without even thinking about it; and even if habits like that are great, there is always room for improvement. Did you know that over 65% of patients report having better breath and less issues with their mouth after making a few adjustments to their hygiene routine?

Just follow these simple tips

Take your time when brushing your teeth

Just how long do you take to brush? according to most dentists if you are taking less that 2 minutes you are probably not being thorough. Three minutes is the perfect number you should aim for, it can seem like a lot, but once you get used to it, it’s really not that long. Find a short song that you enjoy and play when you brush your teeth, that way you know that you should stop when the song ends.

Improve your technique

Having said that, brushing for three minutes is not going to do a lot for you don’t do it right. Remember to brush at a 45 degree angle to your gums make up and down motions and well as side-by-side motions.

Don’t forget to brush the hard to reach areas, and the backside of your teeth; it’s a hassle, but they also tend to be the most vulnerable areas.

Use the right tool for brushing your teeth

There are hundreds of toothbrushes brands and types on the market; find the one that’s perfect for you. In the end, it’s not about how stiff, long, soft, or what material the brush is made out of; you need to find a brush that you like and are comfortable with.

Electric toothbrush or good old fashioned toothbrush?, honestly, go with what you like best, there isn’t conclusive evidence to show that one if better than the other.

Don’t brush too much

Don’t overdo it, brushing too much can be as bad as not brushing at all. You need to brush at least twice a day, but not more than four times. The reason is simple, too much brushing will weaken your enamel and may cause your teeth to deteriorate.

Cover your toothbrush

If you are like most, you keep your toothbrush near your sink. Now, did you know that when you flush your toilet, water particles get scattered all over the bathroom? so, if your toothbrush is exposed it can catch some of those particles; which not only is disgusting when you think about it, but it can also lead to stomach infections.