Regular brushing is one of the most important things you can do for your teeth. Brushing protects teeth from the plaque that causes decay, removes stains, protects against gum disease and freshens breath. To get the most out of brushing your teeth, it is important to brush your teeth for a total of two minutes, twice a day.
If you have appliances or other dental conditions, the doctor may recommend brushing more often, such as after meals. Proper brushing, along with a healthy diet, regular exams and dental cleanings, can help prevent cavities and other oral health problems, which can help you spend less time and spend less money at the dentist’s office.
Steps to follow:
- Choose a toothbrush suitable for the size and shape of your mouth. Your dentist can recommend some options, if necessary. Use a soft bristle brush and change it every three or four months or when the bristles begin to wear out.
- Wet the toothbrush with water and apply a little fluoride toothpaste, a centimeter of toothpaste. Fluorine strengthens teeth and helps prevent tooth decay. If you do not have dental problems, any brand name paste (Colgate, Sensodyne) is perfect. In case you have stained, sensitive teeth, gingivitis or other problems you should go to your dentist to recommend the best toothpaste for your need, one of the most recommended in these cases is Lacer.
- Insert the toothbrush into your mouth and hold it at a 45-degree angle against the gums. The 45º degree is a very suitable position to clean the teeth and also the gums.
- Move the brush back and forth in short movements, making sure that the brush runs from the gum line to the chewing surface of each tooth. Firmly press the brush against the teeth, but avoid scraping, as this can damage the teeth or gums.
- Use the movement described in step 4 to brush the external, internal and chewing surfaces of the teeth.
- Use a smooth movement with sweeping vision to brush the tongue, inner cheeks and the roof of the mouth. Bacteria can accumulate on these surfaces, causing bad breath.
- Brush the teeth in gentle circular motions. Make it tooth by tooth. The correct brushing should last at least 2 minutes, that is, about 120 seconds.
- Continue brushing for two full minutes. Repeat brushing twice a day or as recommended by your dentist.
- Use the dental floss to clean the space between the teeth.
- Rinse your mouth with water or an antimicrobial mouthwash, if desired. Rinse the toothbrush with water and let it air dry. That’s it, keep your best smile.