Not sure how to brush your teeth the right way? Even the most experienced of us can use some tips to improve technique! While brushing your teeth is not the only way to keep teeth healthy, it’s a great weapon to fight against cavities! Read more today!
There are many ways to brush your teeth but this is a surefire way to keep your teeth happy and healthy.
- Prepare Your Toothbrush.
Wet your toothbrush, then place a small dollop of toothpaste, about the size of a pea, on the middle of your brush head. You don’t want too little toothpaste on your brush because your teeth will not get the cleaning they deserve. But don’t use too much toothpaste as it’s just wasting toothpaste you could use later!
- Brush for at least two minutes.
Want to know how to properly brush your teeth? How long you should brush your teeth is very important… and easy to ignore, especially for children. Use about 30 seconds on each quadrant of your teeth to best clean all the nooks and crannies.
This means you have to ignore your brain’s built-in 45-second timer, which is the average time most people brush. To go the extra mile, grab a two-minute timer or try an electric toothbrush with a timer built-in.
- Brush in small circular motions, not straight ones.
The “sawing” motion many people are accustomed to can actually hurt you. It can lead to gouges in your enamel that make a perfect home for tiny food particles. Instead, focus on sweeping in a circular motion.
Aim for your gumline—that sweeping motion should point your toothbrush at and down from the gums. When you brush, the motion can help remove particles of food that get stuck right under the gums.
- Be gentle.
Don’t dig at your teeth like your scraping off paint! Gentle brushing is just as effective as brushing too hard. Plus, gentle brushing doesn’t damage your enamel.
If you need to have a dental concern treated right away, call us now and schedule an appointment here at Northwest Family Dental. Thank you and have a good day!