By Akinwale Akinyoade 30 July 2020.
In an earlier post, we listed 5 common mistakes many make while brushing their teeth.
Although many of us were taught how to properly brush our teeth when we were still young kids, we still stick to the same wrong brushing method and it even follows us into adulthood.
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Keep reading to find out the correct ways to brush your teeth.
Hard brushing damages the gums so it is advised to brush gently to avoid bruising the teeth and gums. To properly brush your teeth, use short, gentle strokes, paying extra attention to the gum line, hard-to-reach back teeth and areas around fillings, crowns or other restoration.
Brush twice daily:
It is recommended that you brush twice daily; in the morning and at night before go to bed. When you brush twice daily, you can be rest assured that you don’t have food particles lingering in your teeth. Brushing in the morning will aid clear away the plaque that accumulated overnight. Brushing at night helps to prevent your teeth from getting attacked by bacteria.
A child with a toothbrush and toothpaste | Photo – Mastefile
Use an extra-soft or soft-bristled toothbrush:
Changing your toothbrush regularly is highly recommended and choosing the right type of toothbrush is very vital. Shredded or worn out toothbrush are no longer effective in cleaning the teeth. For many, a powered toothbrush is a good alternative. It can do a better job of cleaning teeth, particularly for those who have difficulty brushing or who have limited manual dexterity.
Use the right toothpaste
With several options of toothpaste to choose from, it can be quite daunting trying to select which toothpaste is right for you. You can ask your dentist or dental hygienist which toothpaste is right for you.