So you want one of those sparkling tooth paste commercial smiles? To get a bright, white smile and the benefits of good oral health, you need to make your home dental routine a priority. If you know how to brush your teeth properly and use appropriate dental products, there is no need for potentially damaging teeth bleaching procedures.
Many of us fumble along in our daily dental routines perhaps brushing, flossing and rinsing consistently some weeks and a little haphazardly at other times. We all know that we should be brushing daily in order to remove the bacteria and plaque that damage our oral health, but we may fall short by either neglecting to look after it consistently or by using the wrong techniques.
If you use the right technique to remove bacteria from your teeth and gums and implement your dental hygiene routine consistently, then you will enjoy a high standard of oral health. You will therefore be able to avoid many dental problems and the discomfort and expense that often accompany them.
3 Simple steps to good dental hygiene
There are three simple steps that need to be followed in order to maintain healthy teeth and gums:
- Using a mouthwash
By including these three steps in your daily routine, you will remove the maximum amount of bacteria and plaque and prevent gum disease, cavities and other oral health problems.
Why brushing is necessary
Brushing your teeth removes a lot of the bacteria and plaque that settle on your teeth and gums throughout the day. Every time you eat, sugar and starch residue are left in the mouth. Bacteria flourish when there are sugars present, because it is their favourite food and the acids produced by starches in the mouth attack the tooth enamel.
Ideally, you will brush your teeth after each meal, but at least twice daily is necessary for good dental health. When you brush your teeth you are removing the bacteria that cause tooth decay, bad breath, tooth loss and gum disease – which has been linked to stroke and heart disease.
How to clean your teeth effectively
The first thing to bear in mind is that you need to brush your teeth for around two minutes in order to get rid of the most bacteria possible. Very few of us could say that we brush our teeth for that long each time. If you need to, you might like to use a stopwatch or monitor the time until you develop a natural feel for how long two minutes feels like when brushing.
- Start by brushing the outer part of your upper teeth
- Next, move to the outer part of the lower teeth
- Third, clean the inner surface of the upper teeth
- Now, the inner part of the lower teeth
- Finally the surface of the teeth where you chew.
Many people don’t realise that there is a lot of bacteria on the tongue that can also cause disease. Therefore, it is a good idea to brush your tongue as well.
When you are brushing the inner and outer surfaces of the teeth, hold your brush on a 45 degree angle to the gum line. Use short strokes that sweep away from the gum line. As you brush the top of the teeth use short and gentle back and forth strokes.
As you brush your teeth make sure that you are extra attentive towards the back teeth as well as any areas that have fillings, crowns etcetera.
While shopping for a toothbrush make sure that you choose one that has soft bristles and a small head. Soft bristles are very effective at removing bacteria and plaque, but they are less likely to damage sensitive gum tissue. A small-head toothbrush makes it easier to reach all your teeth.
Once you have brushed thoroughly, use some floss to get rid of leftover food particles that are stuck between teeth. Follow up with a non-alcohol based mouthwash to flush away any leftover bacteria.
Now that you know how to brush your teeth properly, you can be sure that you are protecting your mouth from infection and tooth decay.