How to brush your teeth properly
Brushing your teeth doesn’t have to be complicated. In this post, we’ll go over the basics about how to brush your teeth properly to keep them nice and clean.
What’s the correct way to brush your teeth?
To brush your teeth properly, just follow these simple instructions.
First, put a blob of toothpaste on your toothbrush. Then, angle the toothbrush towards your gums. The brush should be at a 45-angle. Then, use short strokes (not long strokes) to brush each tooth. And make sure to clean all three surfaces of your teeth – the outer surface, the chewing surface, and the inner surface.
If you have an electric toothbrush instead of a manual one, then the procedure isn’t too different. In fact, brushing with an electric brush is even easier than a manual one. Simply angle the bristles towards the gums, just as you would with a normal toothbrush. Then turn the power on and hold the bristles on each tooth for around three seconds per tooth. Don’t forget to do the backs of your teeth as well as the fronts.
How long should you brush your teeth for?
You should brush your teeth for two minutes. Two minutes can actually seem like a long time, so it’s a good idea to time yourself so you can see how long you’re brushing for.
What is the best time to brush?
Brush your teeth twice a day – once in the morning and once before bed.
Brushing before bed is the most important time to brush your teeth. This is because when you’re sleeping, your body makes much less saliva than during the day. Saliva is great for your teeth. Did you know that throughout the day, your body makes a whole pint of saliva that washes your teeth? When you’re asleep however, your body makes much less saliva. So if you go to sleep without brushing your teeth first, you’ll get tooth decay.
Another good time to brush your teeth is after breakfast. However, if you have something acidic for breakfast, such as orange juice, then try to wait an hour before your brush your teeth. This is because when you eat acidic food, the acid dissolves a very small layer of your enamel and the enamel will go soft. If you brush your teeth at this point, this layer of enamel will be lost forever. If you wait an hour then your saliva will reharden the enamel and it be safe to brush again. You can shorten this hour by chewing sugar-free gum (because it makes your mouth produce saliva) or by rinsing your mouth with water (because water neutralises acid).
Should you rinse your mouth after brushing?
No – don’t rinse your mouth after brushing. The fluoride in toothpaste is good for your teeth, so why wash it all away? It’s better just to spit out the excess toothpaste instead.
So when you brush your teeth, make sure to build up a good frothy layer of toothpaste, then when you’ve finished brushing, simply spit out the excess toothpaste. This will allow all the good ingredients in the toothpaste to sit on your teeth and carry on working for hours afterwards.
If you do need to rinse your mouth with water, do it before you brush your teeth, not afterwards.