You don’t need anyone to tell you how to brush your teeth; if anything, you’re going to tell them how to brush their teeth.
But like with anything in life, we can get too attached to our acquired habits. Just because you’ve always cleaned your teeth this way or that, doesn’t mean that it is the absolute right way to do it.
And getting it right is fundamental because poor oral hygiene doesn’t just lead to toothache or gum disease; it can also cause a whole host of other health problems, including cardiovascular disease, dementia, respiratory infections and diabetic complications.
There is a bit of an art to brushing your teeth. To make sure you’re doing it right every time, here are 10 teeth brushing tips you really need to know about.
1. Don’t Brush Straight After A Meal
I’ve never brush my teeth immediately after a meal – but I have a friend who does.
Brushing your teeth straight after a meal does sound like a bit of a good idea, but I’ve always been too lazy to climb the stairs after storing away a hearty plateful of goodness (or badness!).
The truth is, though, that it isn’t really so much of a good idea at all. When you’ve just eaten, you have a much lower pH level in your mouth than usual. This means more acid. Brushing at this time, then, can be really harmful and abrasive and should be avoided.
Wait at least 30 minutes before giving your gnashers a good sprucing.
2. Make Sure You’ve Got The Right Toothbrush
You might think this is a tip you don’t need to receive. You’ve been buying your own toothbrush for hundreds of years, why do you need an upstart like me to come along and advise you about what toothbrush you need to use?!
Put simply, there is no one size fits all. Every one has different mouth sizes, and everyone has different needs. What works for me, doesn’t work for my husband (and definitely vice versa!).
A toothbrush should feel good in your mouth, but it also needs to be easy to scrub the hard-to-reach areas. If you’ve got a small mouth, using a big toothbrush means you’ll be straining and not getting the most out of it.
3. Don’t Start In The Same Place Each Time
We’ve all got our traditions when it comes to brushing our teeth, and one of my mine was to always start in the same place – like most people!
My habit was to start on the lower left side and work my way from there. Not only would I start in the same place, but I’d also follow the exact same route each and every time!
Dentists, however, recommend that you star brushing your teeth in different places each time. Why? Because according to research, we invariably get a tad bored by the time we reach the end-stage – and consequently we skim over our last row of teeth.
To stop this from happening, mix things up a bit. Start where you usually end and pay more attention to those neglected areas that usually get a bum deal.
4. Brush Three Times A Day
Brushing twice a day is okay and pretty standard, but three times a day is highly recommended.
Always, ALWAYS brush more than once, though. Please.
5. Be Gentle!
My husband is an absolute monster when it comes to brushing his teeth. I can hear him scrubbing away while I’m in the bedroom. It sounds as though he’s mowing the lawn!!
Experts, though, recommend that be really gentle with your teeth and show them some respect.
You’re not in the military here; you’re at home, polishing your molars! As such, a bit of tender love and care doesn’t go amiss.