Brushing and flossing both are essential to ensure that your teeth and gums are healthy. Thorough and regular brushing is a very important step which should be taken if you want to prevent tooth decay. Brushing helps to remove the bacteria which causes tooth decay and the plaque which can lead to gum disease.
Ideally, you should be brushing your teeth after every meal. This is because the bacterial attack begins on your teeth just after a few minutes on eating. Even if you cannot brush your teeth after every meal, you should make it a point to brush once before going to bed. But, there is a right and wrong way of brushing your teeth.
How to brush your teeth the right way:
- Brush at a 45 degree angle to your teeth. You should direct the bristles of your brush to where the teeth and gums meet. Use a circular, gentle, and massaging motion. Guide your toothbrush up and down. One thing which you should not be doing is scrubbing. This is because it leads to your gums receding at an early age.
- Make sure to clean every surface of your tooth. This includes the cheek side, the chewing surface, and the tongue side.
- Do not rush yourself while brushing. According to dentists, the recommended time is at least two to three minutes.
- Try to change your usual brushing pattern. Most people tend to brush their teeth in the same old pattern. This means that they are prone to missing the same spots every time. Try to switch up your brushing pattern from time to time.
- Use a soft brush which has rounded bristles. Choose a shape and size which allows you to reach all the way to your back teeth. According to dentists, it is recommended that you change your toothbrush after every three months.
Flossing helps to remove bacteria and plaque which is not possible to remove by simply brushing. If you are not flossing, it means you are missing one-third of your tooth’s surface. Try to floss at least once a day. In this way, you can prevent the plaque from turning into tartar. Just like brushing, there is also a proper way of flossing your teeth.
The right way to floss your teeth
- Take a length of floss which is equal to the distance from your hand to your shoulder. Then, wrap it around your index and middle fingers, while leaving a space of at least two inches between your hands.
- Slide the floss between your teeth and then gently wrap it around in a C shape. This should be done at the base of the tooth and under the gum line. Make sure to be gentle. Wipe the tooth from the base to the tip at least two to three times.
- Make sure to floss both sides of your tooth. Do not forget the back teeth or the last molars. Go to a new section as the floss wears and try to pick up particles.
- A more effective method of preventing gum disease and tooth care is to brush your teeth after you are done flossing.