As you’re probably well aware, the cornerstone of good oral hygiene is brushing regularly. However it is not enough to just make sure that you brush twice a day – instead, you need to effectively clean your teeth when you brush too.
To put it simply, your goal when you brush should be to make sure that you thoroughly clean the surface of each and every one of your teeth. It will require that your technique and approach are both good, which is where the following tips can help:
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush
Always make sure that you use a soft-bristled toothbrush as opposed to medium or hard variants. Softer bristles will flex and bend more easily, making them more effective at reaching into nooks and crannies when you clean your teeth.
On top of that hard bristles could actually end up damaging the surface of your teeth and gums if you aren’t careful – making them counterproductive at best.
- Do not rush
It is recommended that you spend at least 2 minutes brushing your teeth, and if you’re finishing more quickly than that – odds are you’re doing a bad job. Do not cut corners when you brush or try to rush through it, and instead set up a timer to make sure you are spending at least a full two minutes cleaning your teeth.
- Hold the toothbrush at a 45 degree angle when brushing
Many people actually use the wrong technique when they brush, and tend to hold their toothbrush ‘straight’ (i.e. perpendicular to the teeth). That is not the most effective option, and instead you should try to hold it at a 45-degree angle so that the bristles are able to get into cracks and clean the area near the gums too.
- Massage in a circular motion
Brushing your teeth using up-and-down or left-to-right motions is not the most effective option and will probably leave a lot of plaque on your teeth. The best way to make sure that you clean it thoroughly is to use a circular motion to gently massage each tooth.
The circular motion that you make with your brush should be small, and designed to clean one tooth at a time. As you make the circular motion you can gradually move your brush up and down.
- Try an electric toothbrush
Although manually brushing your teeth can be effective, there are benefits to using electric toothbrushes too. Many people find it easier to thoroughly clean their teeth with them, and are less likely to miss cleaning certain parts.
If you feel that your brushing isn’t as thorough as it should be, ask your Exeter dentist about it at your next regular appointment. After examining your teeth they’ll be able to pinpoint any areas where you fall short, and should be able to give you advice on how to fix the problem.
All said and done trying to brush more effectively is definitely worthwhile, and will help make sure your oral hygiene is excellent in the future.