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What Is The Right Way To Brush?

Learning how to brush your teeth properly, is the first step to maintaining good oral hygiene, healthy teeth and gums. It helps to minimize the risk of tooth decay and gum problems. You can follow the steps as given below:

  • Step 1: It is important to position the toothbrush right, in order to brush your teeth properly. Start with outer and inner surfaces, and brush at a 45-degree angle in short, half-tooth-wide strokes away from the gum line. Make sure you reach your back teeth.
  • Step 2: Move on to chewing surfaces. Hold the brush flat and brush back and forth along these surfaces.
  • Step 3: Once you get to the inside surfaces of your front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and use gentle up-and-down strokes with the tip of the brush.
  • Step 4: Be sure to brush your teeth gently along the gum line.
  • Step 5: Brush your teeth in a back-to-front sweeping motion to remove food particles and help remove odor-causing bacteria to freshen your breath.

The American Dental Association recommends, to brush twice a day for at least two minutes, to remove food particles and dental plaque that can damage teeth and gums over time.

What Problems Can Occur If You Brush Incorrectly?

Brushing regularly is considered vital for healthy teeth and gums, but dental experts warn that you should never overdo it because:

  • Vigorous brushing can wear down the enamel on the teeth, as well as damage and push back the gums, exposing the sensitive root area. Receding gums can also lead to other dental problems, such as periodontal disease, cavities on the roots of the teeth and may lead to the need for treatments such as fillings, root canals and tooth extraction.
  • Also brushing with a hard, sawing motion promotes unhealthy build up between your teeth and gums. Letting particles and plaque build up over time can cause serious problems. The proper method makes sure that each tooth gets the full advantage of your toothbrush bristles.
  • While brushing your teeth, apply just enough pressure to feel the bristles against the gums. If you are squashing the bristles, you are brushing too hard.

Achieve Those Sparkly Whites

Although brushing your teeth is important, it is only a part of a complete dental-care routine. You should also make sure to clean between the teeth daily with floss. Tooth decay-causing bacteria still linger between teeth where toothbrush bristles can’t reach.

This helps remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line. It is advisable to eat a balanced diet and limit in-between meal snacks. Make sure to visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and oral exams.

To Brush or Not to Brush right after a meal......a  study has shown that the practice is not in the best interest of your pearly whites to always brush immediately after a meal.  The problem is that the sugar in foods is metabolized by the bacteria or plaque on enamel, producing acids that lead to gum disease and cavities.

What was found is that much of the things that cause cavities, are not only sugar-containing, but they are very acidic themselves. Even after drinking a diet soda, it can take a while for the mouth to return to a normal pH level. Acid weakens the surface of the tooth, which can invite decay.

So when it comes to brushing your teeth when the mouth is in an acidic state, it actually exacerbates the problem.  But if you give your mouth some time – around a half an hour – your saliva will have worked to neutralize the acids.

There are some things that can be done to help instead of immediate brushing. Both rinsing your mouth with water or using an antibacterial mouthwash can help balance the pH and prevent plaque from creating more acids.  Also chewing sugarless gum is recommended as some studies have shown that the sweetener, xylitol, has benefits for the teeth. But perhaps the more satisfying option? Eat cheese. Oddly enough, chewing cheese reduces the pH of bacterial plaque.  Chewy things encourage salivation and proteins in your saliva will buffer acids; as well, naturally occurring chemicals in cheese encourage the tooth to remineralize.