For most of us, brushing our teeth can be a mindless task that is given very little care or attention. As a consequence, teeth brushing can often become a careless scrub before you leave for work or go to sleep.
For many of us, it may only be when we visit the dentist that our teeth are then given the right amount of focus – and by this point, cavities may have already developed.
In order to prevent this, it’s imperative that you brush your teeth in the right way, at least twice a day. Some even recommend three times daily, once after every meal.
Here are our top five brushing tips to keep your dental hygiene at its best. To remember these more easily, using the acronym ‘BRUSH’ will help aid your memory:
B – Buy a new brush regularly
We recommend that your replace your toothbrush, at the very least, every 6 months. Ideally, you should buy a new toothbrush every 3-4 months. This ensures that the bristles don’t get too frayed, so that your toothbrush is always effectively cleaning your teeth.
R – Right technique
Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle, parallel to your teeth, with the bristles towards the gums. Using circular motions, divide your mouth into quadrants (top right, top left, bottom right, bottom left) and clean accordingly. Make sure to brush both the outer surface of your teeth and the inner surface, as well as your tongue.
U – Use floss
Though you might hate it, flossing is so important for the best dental hygiene. We recommend using either flossing thread or interdental brushes in addition to brushing, as part of your daily routine. Flossing is crucial in preventing gum disease because it gets rid of food and plaque between your teeth that a toothbrush cannot reach.
S – Shape and size
Every toothbrush is personal to its user, so make sure that you buy a brush that fits most comfortably in your mouth. Some toothbrushes now come with a flexible head, which makes it much easier to reach those more inaccessible areas. If your budget permits, we recommend that an electric toothbrush is the very best option for all our patients. Evidence has shown that, in general, an electric toothbrush removes more plaque than a manual toothbrush does. These brushes tend to come with a built-in timer as well, so brushing for the recommended time of two minutes is far easier to do.
H – hour
As most foods tend to contain acids that can weaken tooth enamel, it is important to wait an hour after eating before brushing your teeth. This ensures that acid erosion is kept to a minimum.
At Springside Dental, our team of qualified dental practitioners and oral hygienists are happy to help advise you in any of your queries. If you need any advice from us at all, just ask! To book an appointment with one of our expert dentists here at Springside Dental, please call us on 01460 61671.Previous