How to Brush
Brushing your teeth is not only for a whiter and brighter smile, it is crucial to continue good oral health. When you brush, the objective is to eliminate plaque. Plaque is a sticky deposit on teeth which contains bacteria. If plaque is left on the teeth long enough, the bacteria will proliferate and lead to gum disease and cavities. Thus, it is important to brush at least twice a day.
What toothbrush should I be using?
Always use a soft bristled toothbrush and choose the suitable size. The majority of toothbrushes are age suitable which makes choosing a toothbrush easy. If you have a small mouth or hard to reach areas, use a child’s toothbrush. For those who are lazy brushers or have dexterity issues, an electric toothbrush is recommended.
Proper brushing takes 2-3 minutes. A stopwatch or timer is optional to keep track of time. To make brushing fun for the kids, an Ipad can be used as a timer.
Squeeze about a pea-size amount of toothpaste onto your toothbrush. Now you are ready to brush your teeth
To properly brush your teeth
Set your bristles at the gum line at a 45-degree angle. Gently brush with a short, vertical or circular motion. Don’t brush across your teeth.
- Brush the outer surface of the upper teeth,
- Brush the outer surface of the lower teeth
- Brush the inner surface upper teeth
- Brush the inner surface of the lower teeth
- Then, Brush the top surfaces of the upper and lower teeth
- Lastly, Brush your tongue too