Tooth Brushing Tips

Although brushing your teeth seems to be something that you shouldn’t even pay attention to when doing, there are a few things to consider if you wish to maximize the efficiency of your brushing. Begin by selecting toothpaste that you like and that works well for your teeth. Combined with correct brushing strokes, you can eliminate negative factors such as tooth decay, gum diseases, tooth loss and bad breath. Toothpaste that contains fluoride makes the teeth a lot more resistant to decay and aids in repairing early decay of the tooth enamel. Plaque and stains may also be removed in time by certain polishing ingredients found in some toothpaste products. A good toothpaste will also leave your mouth feeling fresh and clean for at least an hour or two. Consult your dentist when choosing a brand of toothpaste.

Selecting your toothpaste:

It is up to you to make the choice in determining your favorite toothpaste. There is a wide variety of toothpaste with many flavors, that could also be gel or paste. Select the one that you like most and then consult with your dentist to see if the active ingredients in the product are effective. In fact, it is a great idea to select your toothpaste with your dentist’s advice.

Do not use a lot of toothpaste on your toothbrush – simply place an amount comparable in size to a pea and proceed brushing your teeth. When brushing your teeth try to do it at a 45-degree angle, directing the motion of the brush towards the gum line. Make sure to brush the front and back, making note not to neglect the backside of the teeth.

If you want to teach your child to brush their teeth effectively, use only a small amount of toothpaste – If they are under the age of six look for toothpaste specially designed for children in stores for best results. As far as brushing duration is concerned, you want to try to keep brushing your teeth for about two to three minutes.

Selecting your toothbrush:

It is also important to get a toothbrush that will work well with your type of teeth and gums. The average brush has approximately 2,500 bristles that are grouped into tufts. The tufts are folded and placed into holes in the head of the brush so they are fixed in place. The handle is made of plastic and rubber for increased grip and hand comfort. A toothbrush with a smaller head is often recommended, since it allows you to reach every area of your mouth including the back side of your teeth. The handle length is also important from this perspective – it should be long enough for you to reach all corners of your mouth. If you are having difficulties gripping the smaller and thinner handles, you can always go for a thick handle toothbrush.