We all do it every day – or most of us do, anyway. Brushing is such an automatic task that we rarely put much thought into the act – even though it’s the most important part of oral hygiene. If you want to avoid cavities, gum disease, or losing teeth, there’s no better method of prevention.
When you don’t think about the actual act of brushing, you end up zoning out and not brushing well. These six tips will help you boost your brushing game so your teeth will stay healthy and happy.
1. Use the right brush
If your mouth is smaller, you need a smaller brush. It’s also important to choose the right bristles – you might damage your gums if they’re too stiff. We recommend using an electric brush like the Philips Sonicare.
2. Brush often enough
If you can brush after every meal, that’s best – but make sure you’re brushing at least the recommended twice a day.
3. Brush long enough
You should brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes. If you use an electric brush, it probably has a built in timer. If not, divide your mouth into 4 sections, and spend 30 seconds on each section.
4. Brush at the right angle
You should hold your brush at a 45-degree angle to your gums, and you should brush in an up and down motion. Side to side brushing can scrape your gums.
5. Change your starting position
Most people always start brushing in the same spot. When you do, you’re more likely to zone out and be lazy about brushing. If you start in a different location every time and pay attention to where you’ve brushed, you’ll do a better job.
6. Get a new toothbrush
The American Dental Association recommends getting a new brush every 3 to 4 months. Check your bristles – when they lost flexibility and start to break apart, it’s time for a new brush.