We all know that teeth should be brushed twice a day, but most of us do not know the correct way to brush. This includes the length of time for brushing or how to hold, move and brush the teeth in a dentist-prescribed manner. Brushing teeth removes plaque from our teeth, but it also does much more. Brushing teeth plays a very significant role in the maintenance of good oral health, as well as your overall health.
Questions to Ask About the Correct Way to Brush
How Long Should You Brush Your Teeth?
Many adults do not know that effective and proper brushing takes 120 seconds, or 2 minutes. Dentists suggest that one should brush continuously for two minutes with gentle, short strokes. Timing affects the cleaning of the brush to a great extent. Brushing your teeth for just a few seconds has no benefits.
What is the Most Effective Way to Brush Your Teeth?
According to most dentists, teeth must be brushed in following manner:
- Outer upper teeth surface must be cleaned very gently and slowly with short strokes, and then outer lower teeth should be brushed.
- After cleaning outer upper and lower teeth, you must proceed to the inner upper and lower teeth and brush them softly and thoroughly.
- Each tooth must be brushed with soft and short back and forth strokes.
- Afterwards, chewing sections must be concentrated upon and brushed.
- Gum line must be brushed for 20-30 seconds to improve its whiteness and health.
- One must try to reach the back-teeth, fillings area, crowns and inner side of the mouth and brush them thoroughly.
- Tongue must be brushed to have fresh air. Thus, bacteria are removed from the tongue.
- Dentists suggest moving the brush on the teeth gently and slowly.
How Should Toothbrush be moved?
If you have visited a dentist and got treated, you must have noticed that dentists move toothbrush in an artistic and particular manner. According to dentists, toothbrush must be held at 45 angles from the gum line and tilted. Toothbrush must be used by sweeping it away from the gum line.
Toothbrush and Toothpaste:
Most dentists agree that toothbrush should be soft, small headed and good-quality product. Toothpaste must be chosen that is just right. You may have to choose your toothbrush and toothpaste from a variety of products with the prescription of your dentist.
If you think you have questions about the correct way to brush your teeth, or simply need help choosing a toothpaste please give us a call and we can help in choosing a toothpaste. Contact our Glenbrook office at (530) 892-1234 or our Philadelphia Square office at (530) 892-1218.