Brush Them Right Away
Brushing your teeth is the best way to take good care of them and keep your mouth clean and healthy. However, many people are unaware of the correct way to do it, and often make little brushing mistakes that result in a less-than-optimal teeth cleaning.
A proper brush should be soft and have rounded bristles. Hard bristles and not rounded ones will damage the surface of your teeth, which can lead to tooth sensitivity over time. Besides, a hard brush leaves tiny scratch marks on your teeth, which are a perfect place for dangerous bacteria to live in.
You should choose a brush with a small head, which will allow it to reach every area of your mouth. Also, be sure to replace your brush every three months, or as soon as the bristles start to bend or wear out. You should also replace your brush after you have had a cold or any other contagious illness.
It’s a good idea to always keep a new, unused brush at hand, so you can avoid using the old one as soon as you notice its bad condition. Keep in mind that an old brush not only will not clean your teeth properly, but may actually hurt your gums, leaving a potential place for an infection to develop.
Load the brush with a pea-sized portion of fluoridated toothpaste. Brush your teeth’ inner and outer faces with an up-down motion, and make sure you take care of all of them. Use a circular motion for the chewing surfaces. Also, position your brush in a 50/55 degrees angle to the gums, in order to allow the bristles’ tips to clean under them.
A good brushing session should last not less than three minutes, and you should brush at least twice a day: when you get up, and before going to bed. Brushing after breakfast and after lunch can improve your mouth’s health dramatically.
All teeth, gums, tongue and palate should be covered, as harmful bacteria can build up in all those places.
While brushing your teeth is the first step towards a healthy mouth, it’s not the only one; you can improve your mouth’s health condition by using further cleaning methods.
Using floss is one of those methods. Flossing cleans the area between the teeth, removing food and other matter that may have been caught in there. You should floss gently to avoid harming your gums. Also, remember to use a clean piece of floss every two teeth.
A good mouth wash will keep your breath fresh and at the same time will get rid of bacteria and debris. Make sure you wash your entire mouth, taking care of every space. There are many good mouth washes on the market, and some of them are alcoholless.
Remember that, even when they are not toxic, you are supposed to spit out the mouth wash and not swallow it. The fact that they will not poison you does not mean that they will not harm your stomach! Keep in mind that they were designed for your mouth only.
If you follow these guidelines, you will be in the right path towards a clean and healthy mouth. Be sure to visit your dentist often, as he will be able to suggest different cleaning methods that are more specific for you. Besides, a visit to the dentist is worth a hundred brushings!