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How To Brush Your Teeth Correctly

Posted on 2/2/2024 by Weo Admin
Elderly white couple smiling and brushing their teeth in the bathroom mirror.Good oral hygiene is not just about brushing your teeth - it is about brushing them correctly. This guide will walk you through the steps to becoming an expert brusher, ensuring your smile stays bright and healthy.

Aim Your Toothbrush For Success

Start by applying toothpaste to your toothbrush, then point the bristles to your gumline at a 45-degree angle. The bristles can effectively clean those hard-to-reach areas under your gums. Avoid a flatter or steeper angle, as it may compromise the effectiveness of your brushing and potentially irritate your gums. Remember, precision matters.

Gently Scrub Your Teeth

Brushing your teeth vigorously does not equate to better cleaning. The excessive force used during brushing can negatively impact tooth enamel and gums. If your toothbrush wears out quickly, it indicates brushing too hard.

Keep Brushing For Two Minutes

Many people need to avoid brushing too quickly due to the boredom of teeth cleaning. Take your time and slowly move around your mouth, spending at least ten seconds on each section. On the whole, dedicate approximately three minutes to brushing your teeth.

Do Not Forget Your Tongue

It may seem odd, but brushing your tongue is a crucial step. This practice helps remove plaque and bacteria, contributing to fresher breath. Include this in your routine to ensure comprehensive oral care.

Use Floss

It is important to remember to floss in addition to brushing your teeth, as brushing alone is not enough to clean your teeth properly. Flossing is the only way to get rid of food debris stuck between teeth. Ensure that you floss between all your teeth at least once a day.

Brush Twice A Day

Food forms into plaque in just eight hours, so brushing once a day does not remove all the plaque. Brush twice a day to maintain good oral hygiene.

As you continue your journey toward optimal oral hygiene, do not hesitate to consult our dentist for personalized advice. A small investment of time and effort in mastering the art of tooth brushing can lead to a healthier, brighter smile. Happy brushing!
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