Written by Danica Lacson on September 26, 2018
When is the right time to Brush my Teeth?
Brush at least 30 minutes after mealtime. One misconception we have when it comes to brushing is immediately cleaning our teeth after a meal.
According to professionals, the right time to grab your toothbrush and give your teeth two minutes of thorough cleaning is only 30 minutes after eating. Eating and drinking, especially something acidic, decreases the pH level inside your mouth. It will take some time for it to return to an average level.
We all agree on the importance of brushing our teeth. But if we continue to practice improper techniques of brushing, the oral hygiene routine that we have practiced ever since may lead to harm than good.
Along with remembering two-minute brushing, keep in mind the simple techniques recommended by dental professionals.
Brushing our teeth is part of our daily routine. We rarely step out of the house without giving our teeth a brush. When we travel, bringing a toothbrush along is a priority.
What Toothbrush and Toothpaste Should I Use?
We recognize the importance of brushing which has come a long way since the time of our ancestors who used frayed twigs as tools for keeping their teeth in check. From twigs, toothbrushes have evolved to animal hairs, and with modernity, synthetic materials came into the picture.
Toothbrushes have appeared in various sizes, color and design to accommodate the diverse dental needs of humanity. Electric toothbrushes have also competed against manual toothbrushes.
Consumers have ample options when it comes to the toothbrush. They can choose an electric-powered toothbrush or the traditional manual toothbrush. These two types of the dental hygiene instrument have their pros and cons, and it will be dependent on the user to choose which option suits him or her.
Whether electronic or manual, what is important is that the bristles are soft to ensure a gentler touch on your teeth and gums. Other than being soft-bristled, having a small head will be better in cleaning hard-to-reach areas.
Toothbrushes must also be replaced every three months, rinsed thoroughly, stored in a container that allows air to flow, and must not be shared with anyone.
Toothpaste has since advanced from sea salt to abrasive powder such as baking soda, to pastes and gels of different ingredients and promises.
For toothpaste, a variety of types is available on the market formulated for different conditions. To be certain, you can consult your dentist or hygienist on the suitable toothpaste for you.
What is the correct stroke and angle when brushing my teeth?
Yet, along with the progress of dental tools and apparatus, we have grown accustomed to the practice of brushing our teeth that we tend to the proper method to do it. We have disregarded the right techniques of brushing. We make errors, and often, we are even unaware that we do.
The proper execution of brushing techniques plays a significant role in keeping healthy teeth and gums. On the one hand, improper brushing can lead to tooth decay, gingivitis, and bad breath.
The advisable stroke when brushing is either circular or vertical because these strokes get into the teeth’s crevices, removing plaque better compared to horizontal strokes that we tend to do. Make sure that you reach the inside, outside and chewing surfaces of your teeth and gums.
Proper brushing technique includes brushing at 45-degree angle to the gums to help rid of stubborn plaque building along the gum line.
How long should I brush my Teeth?
The recommended time or length of brushing your teeth is two minutes. Professionals suggest dividing the mouth into four quadrants and spending 30 seconds on each. Keeping track of the time can be difficult, so you can use a timer or listen to music.
Brushing shorter than two minutes can result in the mouth not cleaned thoroughly, with missed areas and unremoved bacteria.
But, contrary to what others think, brushing longer than two minutes can also do more harm than good to your mouth as it can cause plaque to build up and gums to sore.
How hard should I brush?
Faster and harder brushing is not good for your teeth.
Compared to two minutes of gentle brushing, a 30-second hard brushing poses more danger to your oral health.
The teeth’s enamel can wear away, increasing the risk of cavities, tooth discoloration, and tooth sensitivity.
Make sure that you control the amount of pressure you apply to your teeth. If you have a difficulty doing so, you may opt for an electric toothbrush where the pressure is set.
Disclaimer: The oral health information published on this web page is solely intended for educational purposes. Hawaii Family Dental strongly recommends to always consult licensed dentists or other qualified health care professionals for any questions concerning your oral health.