By now, you might have a good habit of brushing your teeth every day. There are several reasons why you should brush your teeth daily, and it’s not just to avoid bad breath. Consistent dental hygiene care prevents gingivitis, a mild form of gum disease (periodontal disease), gum disease, cavities, and it keeps your natural teeth strong.
Although most people brush their teeth daily, it’s often a mindless task that is not done properly. Follow our tips to brush your teeth the right way and keep your smile healthy and beautiful.
How to Brush Your Teeth
Brushing your teeth daily also helps to remove plaque, a layer of bacteria that coats teeth. If plaque is not removed, it can destroy tooth enamel and cause cavities and gingivitis. It’s important to use the recommended method to ensure your teeth are clean and plaque is effectively removed. Here’s how to properly brush your teeth:
1. Outer teeth
Starting with your outer teeth, take your time and be gentle while holding your toothbrush at a 45° angle, and move it in small circular motions tooth to tooth. This method helps the toothbrush bristles reach every nook and cranny of your teeth.
2. Repeat with inner teeth
Using the same approach listed above, gently clean your inner teeth by moving your toothbrush in slow, circular motions over each tooth.
3. Brush tops of teeth (aka chewing surface)
Again, use short back and forth strokes over the top surface of your teeth to remove any trapped food or plaque.
4. Brush along your gum line
Gently, while still holding your toothbrush at a 45° angle, move your toothbrush along your gum line to clear any built-up food particles or plaque.
5. Brush your tongue
Don’t skip this step if you want to keep your breath fresh. Gently move your toothbrush in small circular motions across your tongue to clear away odor-causing bacteria.
Everyone wants healthy, strong, and beautiful teeth. Following proper tooth brushing techniques daily, flossing properly, and visiting your MCDC dentist for your regular cleanings and oral exams will keep your oral health in great shape. If you have questions about brushing your teeth or which toothbrush and toothpaste is right for you, just ask your dentist or hygienist.
How long should you brush your teeth?
Brush your teeth for a full two minutes. You can set a timer or play your favorite song while you brush your teeth to ensure you’ve cleaned your teeth long enough.
How often should you brush your teeth?
Twice a day, every day.
Type of toothbrush should I use?
We recommend using a soft-bristle, round-tip toothbrush. If you have difficulty cleaning all areas of your teeth, you may want to try using an electric toothbrush.
Type of toothpaste should I use?
Make sure the toothpaste you use contains fluoride to strengthen and rebuild the enamel on your teeth. Toothpaste comes in a variety of options from teeth-whitening to sensitivity and more. Pick one that supports your specific dental needs.
How often should I replace my toothbrush?
Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months. If you notice the bristles of your toothbrush fraying, it’s time to start using a new toothbrush.
Can you brush your teeth too much or too hard?
It is possible to overbrush your teeth, even with an electric toothbrush. That’s why it’s important to be gentle while you brush. Avoid brushing your teeth vigorously because it can lead to bleeding gums, sensitivity, or gum recession.