To ensure good oral hygiene we should brush our teeth daily. Both the way we brush our teeth and the type of toothbrush we use are key factors that determine the effectiveness of brushing.
When we brush our teeth effectively, the dental plaque and food debris are removed. In this way the teeth are protected from caries and periodontal problems (gingivitis – periodontitis) and oral health is ensured. Improper brushing technique, such as when brushing hard, increases the risk of tooth enamel wear and gum injury. This can lead to sagging gums and sensitivity to cold and heat.
How to brush your teeth
- Brush your teeth 2-3 times a day and preferably after meals.
- Turn the bristles of the toothbrush about 45˚ towards the tooth in the direction of the gum for more effective brushing. Try to penetrate the hairs into the slit created between the gum and the tooth. Then make horizontal or circular motions.
- Consult your dentist to modify this basic technique, in cases where your gums have receded (sagging).
- Focus on a small area (2-3 teeth) to get more precise movements. When this area is clean, you can move on to the adjacent teeth.
- You do not need to brush your gums (massage).
- Do not forget the inside of the teeth. These surfaces are more difficult to clean, so it is best to start with them first.
- Brush at least for 2-3 minutes..
- Consult your dentist about the correct use of your electric toothbrush, because they do not all make the same movements.
- Toothbrushes need to be replaced when their bristles are deformed.
- Consult your orthodontist for proper brushing when wearing braces.