Toothbrushing; When, Why, and How

24 October 2016

We all know that we should brush twice a day, accompanied by flossing and rinsing with mouthwash. We know that it helps keep our mouth healthy and free of harmful bacteria. But for most people, that may just be all they know about tooth brushing. It is extremely important to know the specifics when it comes to managing your oral health. Continue reading for more information on toothbrushing, and how to develop a better home-care regimen to halt the growth of harmful bacteria, and to promote a healthy, happy mouth.

1 - Use the Right Brush

Perhaps one of the most important steps in promoting proper oral home care is to select the correct type of brush. Brushes with softer bristles are usually recommended, as brushes with hard bristles can irritate the gums as you brush. The great debate of an electric toothbrush versus a manual toothbrush really boils down to one thing; the user’s preference. Many people claim that they prefer a manual toothbrush so that they know they are getting the job done. Others claim that after brushing with an electric toothbrush, their teeth feel exceptionally clean. As stated before, it really does boil down to the user’s preference. If you still are not sure about what toothbrush to use, consider speaking to your dental hygienist about what they recommend for you. Every mouth is different, and no one knows better than your trusted dental professionals. As always, remember to get a new brush every three to four months. A worn-out brush does no good for your teeth and gums.

2 - Use the Right Toothpaste

There are plenty of options to choose from when it comes to selecting your toothpaste. When standing in the aisle at the supermarket taking a look at the different options, it can be extremely overwhelming and confusing, especially when most of the brands claim to do the same things. Most dentists recommend the use of Colgate products, though everyone is different, and the toothpaste that you use depends on your personal preference, and the changes you hope to see thanks to what you brush with. There are pastes that are developed for whitening, anti-sensitivity, anti-cavity, and more. Depending on your personal situation, there is always a good choice for you and what you wish to achieve. If you experience extreme pain and sensitivity, even without contact with hot or cold objects, consider looking for a toothpaste that is geared specifically towards sensitivity. If you wish your teeth could just be a shade or two lighter, aim for a toothpaste that is designed to help whiten teeth gradually. You’d be amazed at what a good toothpaste paired with good brushing can do. There is also the option of searching online for reviews of different toothpastes to see what others who have tried certain brands have to say about them. As always, if you still aren’t sure which toothpaste would be best for you, do not be afraid to speak with your dentist and dental hygienist about the options that are best for you. They will always be able to steer you in the right direction, and they may even have personal testimonials about certain brands.

3 - Brush Correctly

Some people assume that they can simply run their toothbrush quickly over their teeth to clean them. This is incorrect. Believe it or not, there is a correct way to brush your teeth. When you bring the toothbrush to your teeth, place it at a 45-degree angle to the gums. Move your brush back and forth in a gentle manner, making sure to brush all surfaces of each tooth; this includes the outside, inside, and chewing surfaces. Ensure that you reach the furthest point of the teeth in the back of the mouth by angling your brush to allow brushing in that region of your mouth. Allow yourself a full two minutes to thoroughly brush. When you are finished brushing your teeth, brush your tongue to remove bacteria from its surface. This ensure