Have you ever put much thought into it?
How often, how long and how you use your brush all influence the effectiveness of your brushing. What type of brush comes down to personal choice, you need to use the best option for you at removing plaque. You should be brushing for a minimum of 2 minutes, morning and night.
Manual toothbrushes should have soft bristles(avoid or hard) and a small head. Brush gently at a 45 degree angle in circular motions avoiding scrubbing and hard pressure as this will damage the tooth enamel and gums. If you do not think you are brushing for long enough put on your favourite song and brush systematically covering all surfaces until the song finishes. You should replace your manual toothbrush when the bristles start to spread or every 3 months.
The advantage of an electric toothbrush is the oscillating heads which supply the movement meaning all you have to do is guide the brush from tooth to tooth. An electric toothbrush can be effective for those who struggle to manoeuvre a manual toothbrush correctly as they are less dependent on technique. Children often enjoy using an electric toothbrush with colours and music. You need to remain mindful not to press too hard as this wears away tooth enamel and can also damage your gums. An added feature of many electric toothbrushes is a timer which vibrates or stops after 2 minutes so as you know you have brushed for long enough. The heads should be replaced when the bristles start to spread or every 3 months.
Keep in mind when shopping for a toothbrush the higher the price does not always equal a better brush, consult with your dentist for the best option for you.
Not only is the technique used to brush your teeth important using the right toothpaste for your oral health needs is important. There are many types to choose from, the thing to look for is fluoride. Fluoride in toothpaste strengthens and protects your teeth, this in turn prevents decay. Children between 18 months and six years old should only use a pea size amount of low fluoride toothpaste and be sure not to swallow it, for children under 18 months it is recommended to use a brush with only water.
Finally brushing your tongue reduces the bacteria in your mouth and helps your breath stay fresh. Gently use the bristles and scrape forward.
Do not underestimate the importance of continuing to floss to reach the areas a toothbrush cannot.