Is There A Proper Brushing Technique?

tbingWere you ever taught how to brush your teeth? Are you supposed to hold your toothbrush a certain way? Should you hold it at a certain angle? You know you should brush at least twice a day for two minutes at a time and floss daily, but what it considered proper brushing? Studies show that most people don’t brush for two minutes. Most people only brush for 30 to 40 seconds and less than 50 percent of Americans floss on a daily basis. Ten percent of Americans never floss at all. If there is a proper brushing technique then what is it?

How To Brush Your Teeth Properly

Step #1: Using a soft-bristled toothbrush brush gently. Do not scrub your teeth.

Step #2: Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and using short, circular strokes brush moving up and down.

Step #3: Brush along your gumline and all surfaces of your teeth including front, back, and chewing surfaces.

Step #4: You should brush for two minutes twice a day. Brushing after each meal is ideal, but brushing once is not enough and brushing over four times a day is too much. Over-brushing can wear away tooth enamel and damage gingival tissue.

Why Do We Brush

You probably have noticed a sticky film on your teeth when you skip brushing them for a day. You may think that you only brush your teeth to keep them white, but you are brushing to remove this transparent, sticky film called plaque. Plaque harbors harmful bacteria which are attracted to and feed on leftover food debris and sugars on your teeth. These pathogenic bacteria create acids that cause tooth decay. By brushing your teeth you are removing the bacteria and protecting your teeth from decay.


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