While brushing your teeth may seem like a regular thing you do every single day, there is a difference between brushing your teeth properly and doing an okay job. Proper brushing techniques will help improve your overall oral health along with many other benefits like fresh breath, white teeth, and more. Sure, we all learned how to brush our teeth when we were kids, but when is the last time you’ve sat down to think about whether you’re just getting the job done or doing it right? We’ll walk you through the proper way to brush your teeth that will benefit your oral hygiene and overall health.
What you’ll need to get started
There are a few essential items that you’ll need in order to brush your teeth. The first step in making sure you’re brushing your teeth right is to be sure you are prepared with all the necessary items. Here’s what you’ll need to get started:
- Soft-bristled toothbrush or an electric toothbrush
- Fluoride toothpaste
There are a few important things to note about the items you need. Toothbrushes or toothbrush heads for electric toothbrushes should be replaced every 3 months to avoid any bacteria. Using fluoride toothpaste approved by the American Dental Association is highly recommended as it helps protect your teeth from decay.
Steps for brushing your teeth properly
The entire tooth brushing process should take about 2 minutes if you follow these steps here. Do this twice a day for the best oral hygiene results and to keep your teeth clean.
Lightly wet your toothbrush and place a small amount (pea-sized) of toothpaste on the bristles of the toothbrush.
Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to begin brushing. The most common mistake many people will make is brushing up and down rather than in circles. The best way to brush your teeth is in a circular motion so that you better reach your gums to clean them.
Next, be sure to brush the outer and inner surfaces of your teeth including those hard-to-reach back molars. In this step, you should use a back and forth motion to avoid any irritation of your gums.
Don’t forget your tongue! The secret to fresh breath is also cleaning and scrubbing your tongue before you decide you are done brushing your teeth. There is a lot of bacteria that can hang out on your tongue that you want to get rid of.
Once you have completed all of these steps, now it’s time to rinse! Be sure to swish water around in your mouth to get rid of all excess toothpaste and food particles out of your mouth.
After you have completed these five steps you can move on to flossing! Be sure to get between each area of your teeth to remove any stuck particle that brushing wasn’t able to remove. This helps with fresh breath and helps to prevent getting a gum infection. Once this is done, use a mouthwash to complete the process and leave your teeth clean and your breath fresh!