While tooth-brushing is really such a simple task, if you look into the details of it, we realize that perhaps we aren’t getting the job done as well as we should.
The vigorousness, pressure, and timing we brush our teeth aren’t always up-to-par, which is why it’s vital to be educated on just how it should be done.
Many believe the faster and harder they brush their teeth, the better.
They believe this vigorousness provides a more effective way of ridding plaque from the teeth, however, it’s actually damaging the teeth.
Brushing too hard and too fast can deteriorate the teeth’s enamel, irritate the gums and teeth, and cause oral pain and bleeding.
So, what about the length of brushing?
As advised from many dental professionals, brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes each session is important.
Brushing too short of a time could mean that the brusher is not thoroughly taking the time to brush at every angle and in every crevice of their teeth.
And of course, this could also mean there are a lot of places missed in the mouth that have yet to have plaque and other bacteria removed.
However, brushing for too long could also be harmful and irritate the gums, for instance. Like mentioned, two minute brushing sessions are highly advised.
Is brush vigorousness or the length of brushing more important?
While both are very important to ensure proper brushing of the teeth is done, it’s important to know that brushing softly for two or three minutes is perhaps safer for the teeth than brushing hard for 30 seconds.
The reason for this is because though the vigorous brushing is only done for 30 seconds, this could instantly cause the tooth enamel to wear away and cause other oral damages, causing higher chances of cavities to develop.
Not to mention, vigorous brushing for a short period of time is likely to mean that not every surface of the teeth are covered, being that the brushing is so short time-wise.
When it comes to brushing softly for two or three minutes, this is safer for the teeth as you’re not quickly rubbing away the enamel or irritating the mouth in the process, yet you’re likely covering all or most of the surface area of the teeth being that you’re brushing for a longer period of time.
However, a more firm session of brushing would allow for more plaque to be removed.
So, how should I brush?
Brush twice a day for two minutes at each session to ensure plenty of time to remove plaque buildup and the time to get through all areas of the mouth and each angle of the teeth.
As well as this, it’s vital to softly brush the teeth while still being firm, just enough to remove the plaque and not scratch or damage the teeth in any way.
Gritty teeth after brushing should tell you that you didn’t brush hard or long enough.
If brush vigorousness is difficult for you, try an electric toothbrush which are very consistent in how much pressure they apply to your teeth and in which direction the bristles are moving at.
Also, if the bristles on your manual toothbrush are frayed and bent especially after short periods of time, this may indicate that you are brushing way too hard and aggressively.