How to brush your teeth CORRECTLY
Brushing our teeth is something we all do every day; we all have been doing it ever since we were kids. Our parents and caretakers taught us how to brush our teeth but they did not teach us the correct method to brush teeth. It is quite astonishing that very few adults know the proper way to brush teeth. Improper brushing habits lead to dental and oral health problems such as dental plaque, bleeding Gums, halitosis (Bad breath), gum diseases, calculus, dental caries and discoloration of teeth.
How to brush your teeth correctly and effectively
1) Always choose a brush with soft bristles. A tooth brush with hard bristles will hurt you and also damage or injure your gums. Choose a tooth brush that has a head that you will be comfortable with. Some tooth-brushes have large heads that are not very conducive to teeth brushing. Also large headed tooth brushes cannot reach the crevices in the mouth.
2) Wash your tooth-brush before you use it. Use a small amount of toothpaste (about the size of a pea) you do not need to use large amounts of tooth paste.
3) Hold the tooth-brush at the correct angle. Most people hold it flat against their teeth, but the correct angle is tilted about 45 degrees, towards the gums. (If your tooth brush has a large head then you may have to hold it flat against your teeth.)
4) Begin cleaning the upper teeth also called the Maxillary teeth. Start brushing the visible part of the back most teeth. Start at any one side of the jaw. Do not attempt to clean all the teeth at once, but rather brush the teeth 3 at a time. That way you can pay attention to all your teeth. Most people attempt to brush all their teeth at once and end up brushing haphazardly.
5) Use gentle pressure and short back and forth motions rather than vigorous brushing. Start from the gums, up the outer side of the teeth, then brush the chewing surface of the teeth and then brush the inside of the teeth.
6) When you’ve cleaned the first set of 3 teeth, move on to the next three teeth following the same sequence of motions. Continue brushing your teeth in the same manner till you have finished brushing all the teeth in the upper jaw; which means you have now reached the last teeth on the other side of the jaw from where you started.
7) Once you have satisfactorily finished brushing all the upper teeth, start brushing the lower teeth. Use the same technique to brush the lower teeth, that is use gentle pressure and short back and forth motions for brushing. Start from the gums, up the outer side of the teeth, then brush the chewing surface of the teeth and then brush the inside of the teeth.
8) Once you have finished brushing all your teeth, gently brush along the gum-line to remove any food particles. Also do not forget to brush the surface of your tongue. Keeping your tongue clean is a good way to keep away bad breath.
Well, Now you know exactly How to brush teeth correctly. For more information, please visit the ADA.None found.