We are all told from a very young age how important brushing our teeth is.
Most of us do it every day, or even several times a day. We care about our teeth, gums, and overall health of our mouths.
Our dentists probably give us tips on how to brush effectively. For most of us, those probably go in one ear and out the other. We just keep on brushing our teeth the way we always have.
But there really is a right and a wrong way when it comes to brushing your teeth. Here are three tips for the right way to brush your teeth to ensure they are actually clean and ready for a close-up.
The angle matters
When brushing our teeth most of us just stick our toothbrushes in our mouths and go to town. We just kind of rub it up and down all over our gums and teeth. Or, until we feel like they are clean.
The problem with this technique is that it can actually be harmful to the gums. Eventually it can lead to the gums deteriorating quicker and exposing more of the tooth, which is not good. To prevent this, all you have to do is switch the angle and rotation of how you brush your teeth.
Instead of sticking the toothbrush in your mouth and scrubbing up and down, put it at the place when your gums and teeth meet. Tip the toothbrush at a little bit of an angle towards your teeth. Then, sweep in a gentle downward motion.
It may feel strange at first, but this is the best technique to clean your gums and teeth. Plus, it helps make sure you are not brushing too hard.
The timing matters
According to the American Dental Association, most of us who are brushing our teeth are actually not doing it for long enough.
Why does how long you brush your teeth matter? The reason is that you first need enough to make sure you are brushing all surfaces of the teeth and mouth that need to get brushed which includes your tongue, but also so it gives the fluoride in the toothbrush enough time to actually activate and be effective for protecting and cleaning the teeth.
According to familydentalhealth.com, two minutes should be enough time, and if you need to practice that length just set a timer for yourself. There are even electric toothbrushes that come with timers on them.
Don’t spit it out
The last technique doesn’t necessarily have as much to do with when you are brushing your teeth but rather what happens after you are done.
Most of us when we finish brushing our teeth spit out the toothpaste and then just quickly rinse out our mouths with water, but that is actually something that is counterproductive to helping your teeth.
It’s actually recommended that you don’t spit out and rinse out the toothpaste out of your mouth because that can inadvertently rinse out the helpful and essential fluoride. If you think its weird to not spit it out, something that you can do is rinse out your mouth with mouthwash instead of water which will help eliminate that problem.