5 Tips For Brushing Teeth
When it comes to brushing your teeth, I’m sure you’ve already had lots of advice.
If you’re looking for some practical tips from a dentist on how to properly brush your teeth, that you can start using today, then you’ll love this infographic.
It’s a simple checklist that will help you maintain the health of your mouth and smile.
Here’s my take on the tooth brushing tips from this infographic:
1. Brush your teeth twice a day for at least 2 minutes at a time
I agree with most dentists that brushing teeth twice a day for at least two minutes is essential for your oral health.
I recommend tooth brushing just before bed and then one other time during the day.
It has been proven that cleaning your teeth properly twice a day can help reduce tooth decay by up to 50%.
2. Don’t brush your teeth after consuming acidic foods and drink
Using a toothbrush immediately after eating or drinking something acidic can wear away the enamel on your tooth.
Once lost, enamel cannot be repaired.
3. Use toothpaste that contains fluoride
Fluoride occurs naturally in drinking water sources. Fluoride has been shown to make teeth stronger and help prevent cavities.
There are a few fluoride free toothpastes available on the market. These are available for various reasons.
But unless you’ve been told to use non-fluoride based toothpaste by a doctor or dentist, I strongly recommend only using toothpaste that contains fluoride.
4. Don’t rinse your mouth after brushing
Fluoride is the single most important ingredient in toothpaste and helps protect your teeth from damage and decay.
Rinsing your mouth with water or even mouthwash removes the fluoride you’ve just brushed onto your teeth.
Study’s have shown, people that don’t rinse their mouth with water after brushing have fewer cavities than those that do rinse their mouth with water.
5. Use an electric toothbrush
Knowing how to brush effectively with a manual toothbrush is a skill we should all have.
However, I still strongly recommended electric toothbrushes.
Electric toothbrushes have additional features such as:
- Small heads to help access awkward molars and wisdom teeth
- Two minute timers to ensure you’re brushing long enough
- Pressure sensors to prevent you brushing too hard and damaging your gums. Brushing too hard causes gums to recede exposing the roots of your teeth, which can lead to other problems.