Nobody has really ever taught you the right way to properly brush your teeth, until now. And our teeth, as small as they are, are actually quite important with regards to eating food and even the way we look and perceive ourselves. So it is vital to take extra good care of them. So read on and learn some new useful things.
1. A Quality Toothbrush
A high quality toothbrush approved by the ADA is a very important fact to remember because it isn’t about the price you pay for one. After a while, the toothbrush bristles get softer and become less effective at fighting bacteria and removing plaque and all that icky stuff that accumulates in your mouth, so make sure you buy a new one every couple of months.
You do not need a lot of pressure to brush your teeth. Protecting your gums is also important in maintaining a healthy mouth. So all you need to do is be careful on how you hold the brush in your hands. You just need your forefinger and your thumb holding the brush, not your entire hand.
3. After a Meal
So apparently, it is not advisable to brush your teeth directly after a meal. Yeah it would make sense to brush to keep your teeth squeaky clean by removing all that icky food between your teeth as soon as possible, but all this does is actually wear down the enamel on your teeth. Which is actually worse than trying to keep your mouth as clean as possible.
4. No Eating
Likewise, if you just brushed your teeth, it isn’t a good idea to eat any food. Think about it, you just cleaned your mouth, and now you are making it dirty again. And that has serious consequences if you have so much going on in your mouth.
5. Give time
Each part of your mouth actually needs time of its own to be cleaned. The rule of thumb is to divide your mouth into four parts that each get 30 secs of brushing. So in total, you should be brushing your teeth for 2 minutes for maximum effect.
6. Always remember to Floss!!
You have to remember to floss every time, it is really an important habit. You need to get to those hard to reach places a toothbrush can’t reach. So this ensures top notch cleaning in your mouth. And mouth wash is great for your breath, but it is not essential to your health.
7. Softer Bristles
It is important that you get a softer toothbrush so you don’t ruin your teeth. The harder bristles tend to scrub off the enamel on your teeth which weakens them over all and it also hurts your gums which can cause all kinds of problems to your teeth and mouth.
8. Don’t Ignore Your Gum-line
Cleaning your gums is also important for overall health. There are special toothbrushes out there that help you with this, so always be away what you buy. Buying new toothbrushes also ensure that your toothbrush is clean.Source
9. A Clean Toothbrush
Yes, a clean toothbrush is super important! A good thing to do is keep the toothbrush covered to protect it from bacteria settling down on it and getting into your mouth the next time you brush.