Teeth brushings are not only important for oral hygiene but also for the good overall health.
Bacteria in the mouth can lead to cavities, gum disease and even tooth loss. You can prevent all these dental issues by brushing your teeth properly and regularly.
It is said that an average person spends over half their life without brushing their teeth! If you are a person who falls into this category – it is time to start brushing!
Tips on How to Brush your Teeth Properly?
Brushing your teeth is a great way to clean off the bacteria that accumulates on the teeth as a result of food and drink. In order to do this, it is necessary to use toothpaste.
Here are some tips on how to brush your teeth:
1. Use a Toothpaste
In order to brush your teeth correctly, you must use a toothpaste. The toothpaste helps with plaque and acid erosion by remineralizing the enamel.
Make sure that you:
- Don’t use too much toothpaste or it will be messy.
- Brush all surfaces of the teeth, including the gums and tongue.
- Tilt your head back and spit out any excess toothpaste.
- Rinse with water.
2. Brushing with the right Technique
Brush using a circular motion for two minutes at least twice a day. Use only enough pressure so that you can feel the bristles lightly scrubbing against your teeth. Be sure not to brush too hard or for too long, as this can wear away at the enamel and cause recession of gums from around your teeth which can lead to sensitivity in those areas.
3. Don’t Swallow the Toothpaste
There is an age-old question that has appeared on every child’s mind at some point: “Why do we need to be careful not to swallow toothpaste?”
A study by the American Dental Association found that swallowing too much toothpaste may cause stomachaches and even be toxic. This can happen if someone swallows a large amount of toothpaste, or if they drink a large amount of water after brushing their teeth.
When you brush your teeth, the fluoride in the toothpaste becomes trapped under your gum line and is absorbed into your saliva, strengthening and protecting the enamel on your teeth. When you drink water after brushing, it washes away this protective film and strips away your tooth enamel.
In some cases people have been admitted to hospital with stomach cramps from toothpaste.
What are braces and How to Brush Teeth with Braces?
Braces are metal or plastic brackets which are fitted to teeth to straighten them. Braces are fitted by a dentist. The brackets are attached to the bands on the teeth by tiny wires, called ligatures.
There are different types of braces. Most have rubber bands that tighten around the molars, with wires that stretch between molars and over the top of front teeth.
The most common type is known as “bonded braces”. These have brackets glued onto the front surfaces of the teeth, with small clear plastic caps or “brackets” glued on to hold each bracket in place.
Brushing Technique with Braces:
A lot of people have braces and it may seem difficult to brush the teeth, but with a little bit of creativity, you can still do it!
Listed below are the 7 tips helpful in brushing your teeth while having braces:
- Use an electric toothbrush if your orthodontist approves it. Some electric toothbrushes have a “dual-action” motion that helps keep everything in line.
- Opt for a gentle toothpaste if you are using an electric toothbrush so there is less friction between the bristles and any brackets or wires.
- Use an angled brush holder that is at a 45-degree angle with the gum line so the bristles don’t hit any brackets or wires while brushing.
4. Clean under the arch wires. Tilt the toothbrush so the bristles can get into the area between your braces.
5. Brush the chewing surface of all teeth.
6. Brush the inner surface of all teeth.
7. Rinse your mouth and look at your teeth in the mirror. The braces and teeth should be clean and shiny.
If we brush our teeth properly, we can avoid tooth decay and gum disease. And once we have a healthy mouth, we will be more able to speak and smile confidently.