It is crucial to understand the importance of brushing your teeth every day in order to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Failure to practice proper dental health from any early age can have negative consequences later on in life.
According to the American Dental Association you should use a soft-bristled toothbrush twice each day. The best way to brush your teeth effectively is to ensure that your toothbrush comfortably fits in your mouth. If it is too large or small for your mouth you won’t be able to reach all the spots that need brushing.
Three to four times a year is the recommended number of times you should replace your toothbrush. Using the same one for too long can put germs back in your mouth that you have already removed. It can also cause wear and tear on the bristles.
Proper Brushing Technique
The proper way to brush your teeth is to place it in your mouth on a 45 degree angle relevant to where your gums are. When your toothbrush is in the right position move it gently in a circular and elliptical motion so that the bristles cover the entire surface of your teeth. Don’t forget that in addition to the front of your teeth you also need to clean the inner and outer surfaces in your mouth. You can reach the inside of your teeth with the toothbrush by tilting it vertically and then moving it up and down.
Not only do your teeth need to be brushed to keep your mouth healthy you also need to floss everyday. This will remove particles of food, plaque and bacteria that your toothbrush can’t reach. It also removes any bacteria that may have traveled under the line of your gums.
In addition to daily tooth brushing, seeing a dentist every six months will help ensure that your teeth stay clean and healthy. Using FDA approved toothpaste and eating a healthy, balanced diet will go a long way in helping you care for and maintain your teeth. Following these recommendations and staying vigilant about your oral hygiene will help you keep your own teeth for as long as possible. Keeping your teeth in good condition is always preferred.