How to Brush Your Teeth

Have you always dreamed of having a perfect, shiny, white smile? Are you unsure of whether you are brushing or flossing your teeth correctly? If you answered yes to either of those, we have something for you. Angel Care Dental in Delta, BC presents you brushing your teeth 101 guide! Everyone these days seems to have a Ph.D. in what exercises to do to maintain strength and conditioning but surprisingly, few actually know how to properly brush their teeth. How could that be? Maybe it is because of our lack of care for our teeth or maybe it’s because we have just never been taught. Regardless of the reason, if you’re not brushing and flossing correctly, you’re not getting the most out of your daily oral hygiene routine.

Regular and careful brushing plays an extremely important roll in preventing tooth decay and gum disease. Brushing removes bacteria that lead to tooth decay and plaque that can cause gum disease. Ideally, you should brush after every meal because bacteria attack teeth just minutes after eating. However, for most of us this isn’t possible but you should brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes 2 times a day. Brushing your teeth isn’t complicated but there is a right and a wrong way. Also, in order to get the most from your oral care you should visit your local dentist at least twice a year for regular check-ups & cleanings to prevent more serious dental issues in the future.

Here is a step-by-step guide to brushing your teeth:

Teeth Brushing

#1 Use a good toothbrush:

Choose a toothbrush with soft nylon bristles. The toothbrush should fit comfortably in your hand and the head must be small enough to fit in all places of your mouth.

#2 Replace your brush regularly:

The bristles will wear out eventually, losing their flexibility and effectiveness. You should purchase a new toothbrush every 3 to 4 months or whenever the bristles splay out and lose shape. Visual inspection is the best way to determine when you should replace your brush.

#3 Use a fluoride brush:

Using fluoride toothpaste not only helps to remove plaque, but also helps strengthen tooth enamel. However, do not swallow fluoride toothpaste as ingesting it can have serious health consequences

#4 The brushing motion:

Start by using a small amount of toothpaste before placing your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gum line. Brush your teeth using gentle vertical or circular motion. Do not brush across your teeth.

#5 The brushing process:

Brush just a few teeth at a time and work your way around your mouth in a cycle so that you get every tooth. Spend around 12-15 seconds in each spot. In order to keep track of what you have and haven’t brushed, divide your mouth into quadrants: top left, top right, bottom left, and bottom right.

#6 Brushing your molars:

Position the toothbrush so that it’s perpendicular to your lips. Use an in-and-out motion and move from the back of your mouth to the front.

#7 Brushing the inner surfaces:

Tilt the toothbrush so that the head of the toothbrush is pointing towards the gum line and brush each tooth.

#8 Brushing your tongue:

Most people don’t think to do this but it’s important to remove the bacteria that reside on your tongue. Gently brush your tongue with you regular toothbrush or get a tongue scraper.