Did you know it takes a full 2 minutes to properly brush your teeth?
Most people don’t brush nearly this long. It is imperative for good oral hygiene to practice proper brushing techniques. Incorrect brushing can lead to gingivitis, which not only is the leading cause of adult tooth loss but contributes to heart disease.
- Rinse your toothbrush and apply a pea-sized amount of toothpaste.
- Hold your toothbrush toward the gumline at a 45 degree angle and use short, gentle, circular strokes paying close attention to the gum line and hard to reach areas.
- Brush each quadrant of your mouth for 30 seconds.
- Begin by brushing the outer surface, then the inner surface, followed by the chewing surface.
- Repeat this process until all four quandrants have been thoroughly brushed.
- Try timing yourself with a stop watch until you get a feel for the appropriate length of time.
- And don’t forget your tongue where millions of bacteria call home! Instead of using your brush which only spreads bacteria, use an actual tongue scraper which can be inexpensively purchased at your local drug store.
- Last but not least, use a dental floss to clean in between the teeth and rinse with mouthwash for fresher breath.