Brushing your teeth is not only the best way to preserve it but it’s also the simplest. All you need is a good toothbrush and a decent toothpaste brand, right? Well, yes and no. Brushing your teeth is relatively simple when compared to other methods of maintaining a good oral hygiene. However, there are also a few things you should follow in order for you to properly brush your teeth. It seems easy, yes, but even the simplest of things still require proper execution if one wants to do it right. So, here are a few tips to remember when brushing your teeth.
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The Right Toothbrush
You’ve probably heard of the fancy coal-infused toothbrush with bristles that are microscopically small. You have also seen a cheap toothbrush with an overly-simplistic design and subpar bristles. With these in mind, should you shell out more money for the best toothbrush or save a few bucks on the cheap one?
Well, whether a toothbrush is cheap or not, there are two things you should keep in mind when buying a toothbrush. One, a toothbrush must have softy bristles. And two, it should be approved by the American Dental Association. That’s it, really. An expensive toothbrush does have a few features but it’s not enough to really warrant the price. Get a decent one and you should be good.
The Three Month Rule
No matter how expensive or cheap a toothbrush is, it usually lasts for three months before its bristles become frayed. Frayed bristles aren’t as effective as they should be and the best thing to do is replace it. Also, when storing your toothbrush, make sure it’s not exposed to the elements. The last thing you’d want is a toothbrush filled with dust or, worse, mold.
Brushing Your Teeth The Right Technique
The right way to brush your teeth involves 45-degree angle that hits both your gums and teeth. Remember to brush softly, don’t rush and don’t get too rough on your teeth. Make sure you get each side of your teeth and don’t forget to include the tongue and cheeks.
We brush our teeth because we want to stay clean it from any food particles that could turn into cavities. Brushing is one thing, but flossing is actually another. Flossing for at least twice a day ensures that you’re getting rid of every bit of food left between your teeth. And, while you’re at it, rinse. A good mouthwash kills harmful bacteria left in your mouth and it leaves you with a fresh breath.
A Decent Toothpaste
We live in a world of different brands dominating the market. When choosing a toothpaste for our teeth, the only thing you need to look out for is its content. Pick a fluoride toothpaste approved by the American Dental Association. That’s it. The “cooling crystals” you’ve seen in advertisements do little to separate itself from what a toothpaste actually does.
Remember, when brushing your teeth, there are a few to things to keep in mind. It’s simple but doing it right spares you from any complication that might pop in the long run.