How To Brush Your Teeth – 4 Steps To Follow
Brushing is one thing we all do in just minutes but we never pay attention on how we do it. Many people brush on a daily basis but they keep on complaining about having brown teeth and related teeth / gum problems. On average you have to brush 2 times in a day, early in the morning and late in the night when going to the bed. If you don’t brush your teeth, harboring food will attract bacteria which end up damaging your teeth. In this post you will learn how to brush your teeth the right way.
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- Use the right tool: – You have to select between manual / electric toothbrushes. Manual toothbrushes are affordable and easy to replace, however, they don’t reach each and every section of your mouth hence leaving plague in hard to reach areas. Also manual toothbrushes are not friendly on sensitive skins; most of them have hard bristles which can damage your gum and irritate your teeth hence discourage you to brush for a recommended time which is 2 minutes. On the other hand, electric toothbrushes like ”Philips Sonicare” feature different brushing modes from which you can choose from and these include (normal, sensitive, massage and clean & white). That means people with sensitive gums can opt for the sensitive mode, people with brown teeth can opt for ”clean & white mode”. When using an electric toothbrush, you don’t have to use pressure / force when brushing hence preventing gum bleeding. An electric toothbrush has a timer which alerts you to change brushing direction hence making sure all hard reach areas are covered. In conclusion, you have to brush with an electric toothbrush, it is effective and faster.
- Time is important: – Dentists recommend 2 minutes (120 seconds) brushing time. In normal circumstances, this is a very short period of time but many of us have never brushed for 2 minutes especially when using manual toothbrushes. If you can’t afford an electric toothbrush, I suggest you use a stop watch / timer to help you brush for the exact recommended time. Following instructions will give you better results & whiter teeth.
- Make perfect Strokes:- for effective results, you have to make gentle strokes and pay attention to the gum line because it is a very sensitive area. Make sure you clean each and every section otherwise bacteria will hide somewhere and damage your teeth or even cause bad breath. Do the following:
- Start by cleaning the outer surface of your upper teeth and then go to the lower teeth.
- Now clean the inner surface of your upper teeth and your lower teeth. The inner surface keeps too much dirt and many people skip cleaning this section.
- Once the inner surface is clean, brush the chewing surface. (the one you use to chew food)
- Once your teeth are fully brushed, move on to the tongue. Majority of people forget brushing their tongue and this causes bad breath. I did not know about this until when my mother told me to do so and now my breath is good. So to prevent bad breath, you have to brush your tongue.
THINGS TO NOTE:
- Avoid over brushing:- Now that you know how to brush your teeth, don’t get excited because too much of something is always bad. Dentists advise us to brush for 2 – 3 times in a day (2 minutes in each round). If you over do it, you will end up damaging your teeth and gum.
- Use the right toothpaste:- Today we have different types of toothpaste on the market. I personally use Colgate Herbal because it’s more than just tooth paste. Herbal toothpaste can kill germs faster and cure bleeding gums. It also fights bad breath hence giving you the best results.
- Replace your toothbrush:- I have to admit, I really take long to change my toothbrush and that is a wrong thing I’m doing. We’re recommended to change these tools every-after 3 – 4 months. But if you have has a cold or any mouth infection, you’re advised to buy a new toothbrush once that infection is cured; Reason being that bristles can collect germs which can result into re-infection.