The healthier your teeth are, the happier you look. That's why it's important to take great care of your teeth by brushing, flossing, and visiting the dentist.
Brushing your teeth regularly is key to maintaining healthy teeth and gums and preventing periodontal (gum) diseases, but it's also important to make sure you choose the right toothbrush for your teeth and use proper brushing techniques.
Done correctly, brushing your teeth at least twice a day — in the morning and in the evening before going to bed, for at least three minutes — can help ensure long-term dental health.
How to Choose a Toothbrush
Although some ancient civilizations used frayed twigs to clean their teeth, these days toothbrushes come in a variety of manual and powered forms.
And the first step to taking good care of your mouth is to choose a toothbrush that's right for you. “Choose a brush that has the ADA seal on the box to be sure the bristles are not too hard, ”.
“Then find one that fits comfortably in your hand and mouth. If the brush is comfortable to use, you'll use it more often and more effectively."
How to Brush Your Teeth Effectively
The following tips can help you to get the most out of your daily brushing routine:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day.
- The proper tooth brushing technique is to hold your brush at an angle of 45 degrees to your gums, and take up and down with short strokes.
- Some experts recommend brushing after every meal, if possible.
- Take time — at least three minutes — to thoroughly brush and floss your teeth.
- When you brush along your gumline, angle your toothbrush slightly toward your gums.
- Don't brush too roughly — use a gentle motion so you don’t damage your gums.
- Brush with a fluoride toothpaste to fight off tooth decay.