We have been doing it since we were toddlers. But when it comes to brushing your teeth, are you doing it the right way? Make sure you include these not-so-obvious brushing guidelines the next time you clean those pearly whites.
- Start Low – Bacteria on your tongue is the reason for the plaque buildup on the inside lower part of your mouth. So when you begin brushing, try starting on the inside lower part of your mouth.
- Be Gentle – You don’t have to brush hard to be effective. On the contrary, brushing too hard can cause more harm than good. Don’t grip your toothbrush; hold it gently with a loose hand. Plaque can be removed with gentle brushing and gum stimulation is also achieved with soft strokes.
- Brush Beyond Your Teeth – Your daily brushing habits should also include brushing your gums and tongue. It can prevent bad breath and remove the any food particles and bacteria in your gum line that could cause gingivitis.
- Try it Dry – If you have problematic areas, try brushing them with a dry toothbrush or a toothbrush with just water. Dry brushing can be a great midday freshen up and will loosen any plaque that has attached itself to your teeth during the day and even stimulate your gums.
Lastly, be sure not to get so caught up in your brushing techniques and habits that you ignore the condition of your actual toothbrush. When the bristles start to look worn or it has been about 3 months, it is time to replace your toothbrush.
Implement these healthy brushing tips and show off those pearly whites. Remember that even the most perfect brushing habits are not a substitute for your six month routine dental cleanings by a dental professional.