As young children we are taught how to brush and floss our teeth. To properly brush your teeth is it recommended you brush your teeth for 2 minutes. But many people either spend too much time or too little time brushing.
In fact most people don't even brush for a minute. This is just not sufficient time to get your teeth properly clean. To make sure you spend the correct amount of time brushing your teeth you could time yourself with a stopwatch or use the countdown function on your phone.
You should brush your teeth in short gentle strokes. Don't use too much pressure as this can damage your teeth and gums over time. Spend time to brush the difficult areas to reach and also brush spaces between your teeth too. All the eating surfaces of your teeth should be brushed as well as your lower and upper gums. Remember to brush all areas of your mouth for a good overall clean.
A good toothbrush will help you get the best results. Here again there is many different choices which can make it confusing to choose one.
Here are some general guidelines to help you choose. Look for a brush with soft bristles. They are easier on your gums and will still remove plaque and other bits from your teeth. Choose a toothbrush with a small head so you can reach the head to get to areas like your back teeth.
It is advisable to replace your brush every 2 to 3 months or when it start to signs of wear and tear. Also, it is a good idea to replace your brush if you have had a cold because the bristles can store the germs and you may get infected again. Worn toothbrushes should be replaced because they can damage your gums. The worn bristles may tear away at your gums leading to sensitive gums and worse.
The right toothpaste is important too. There are a variety of toothpaste types available, to help with a variety of different conditions. The different toothpastes can help prevent tartar, gingivitis, toothaches and stop tooth sensitivity. Ask your dentist to recommend the right toothpaste for you, to protect your teeth properly.
If you are unsure about how to brush correctly check with your dentist. Regular brushing of your teeth will keep them healthy, reduce staining and stop the buildup of tartar and plaque. However, going to the dentist for your regular check up is still important for good overall dental health. By brushing your teeth on regular basis and generally taking care of your teeth you will be able to prevent cavities and infections.