1. Choose the Right Brush
First, you’re going to want to choose a toothbrush that fits your needs. Most people can benefit from a soft bristle brush, as this is a lot gentler on the gums but still effectively gets rid of debris, plague, and food. However, there are instances when a medium or even hard bristle brush is required, like if you have dentures or heavy bridge work.
2. Times to Brush
It’s best to get into the habit of brushing twice a day, both morning and night. In the morning, brush when you get up and wash your face. If you take a shower in the morning, try bringing your brush and toothpaste into the shower so that you remember to clean your teeth. At night, it’s important to brush right before bed so that you can brush and go to sleep with clean teeth.
3. The Right Angle
It’s a good idea to hold the toothbrush against your teeth at a slight angle so that the bristles can get up and underneath the gum lines. It’s also a good idea to brush in circular motions so that you’re able to effectively brush away plaque and debris that are on the teeth.
4. The Right Toothpaste
The toothpaste that you use makes a world of difference and can either be good for the teeth or bad for them. Try to avoid cheaply made toothpaste. Despite being able to save some money, they may not necessarily be the best for your teeth and can cause dry mouth. You should also opt for a toothpaste that contains fluoride so that it helps to strengthen your teeth.
5. Power or Manual?
Power toothbrushes are often recommended because of the fact that they help to get rid of more food, plague, and debris from between the teeth. If you don’t like flossing and can’t get into the habit of flossing, you might want to upgrade to a power toothbrush. However, a manual brush works well for everyday tooth cleaning and will also be cheaper and more affordable.
6. How Long to Brush
Dentists recommend that you brush your teeth for at least two minutes, twice a day. A lot of power toothbrushes actually have settings where they will stop running after two minutes and it is up to you to continue brushing your teeth until the brush stops. If you’re using a manual brush, you can get a small timer for the bathroom to ensure that you’re brushing long enough.
7. Quadrant Brushing
Quadrant brushing is very important and ensures that your teeth are fully cleaned. Your mouth is made up of four quadrants: the upper right, upper left, lower left and lower right. You should ideally brush for 30 seconds per quadrant. Again, some power toothbrushes buzz or beep after 30 seconds, helping you to brush each quadrant thoroughly.
After you are done brushing your teeth, you will want to rinse out your mouth with clean water and then use a mouthwash, which will help to kill any leftover germs that are in your mouth. You can find mouthwash in the dental aisle of any store and there are lots of different brands and flavors for you to try.
By taking good care of your teeth, you can be sure that you are going to have a smile that will last a lifetime. Plus, you will find that you feel more confident and have fresher breath just because you have taken the time to care for your teeth and are doing so using products that will effectively and gently work for you.