How to brush your teeth properly – Whatever your age

No matter how old you are, there are some things in life that you just fit into your routine and keep doing regularly. Brushing your teeth is one of these things. You get up, brush your teeth, spit and rinse before maybe flossing or using mouth wash. It seems pretty simple, and is one of the things we learn from when we are extremely young. However, to get the most out of brushing our teeth twice a day, you may want to take a look at these instructions. It does not matter how old you are! We can all benefit from reminding ourselves how to brush our teeth, both in the morning and at night.

The Basics of Brushing

Whether you have all of your natural teeth, have had Composite Bonding from Ten Dental, or have quite a few crowns protecting your teeth, everyone should know the basics of how to brush their teeth. Most people don’t have a lot of time to spend on their oral hygiene, especially if they have an early morning commute. But to ensure the health of your teeth, try your best to follow these instructions:

1) Place your toothbrush against your gum at a 45-degree angle

2) Gently move your brush back and forward in small strokes

3) Focus on both the exterior of your teeth as well as the back – remember that you need to brush all surfaces you can reach

4) Clean the inside surface of the front teeth by tilting the brush vertically – keep the strokes gentle

5) Stroke your brush over your tongue to clean it, this helps to remove bacteria and keep your breath smelling fresh

Brushing with Braces

It’s never fun to brush when you wear braces, but you will find that it is still quite a straightforward process. Start by taking away any removable areas of your braces, including any rubber band. Don’t use a lot of toothpaste when you start cleaning. Instead, move very carefully and don’t forget to clean all of the wires as well. The wires may actually have food or bacteria stuck on them. So, it is best to get rid of it just in case.

From there it is just like any other cleaning session – spit out your toothpaste after cleaning your tongue. You can then rinse and check in a mirror to ensure that all of your braces have been cleaned.

Electric Tooth Brush

Nowadays, dentists will recommend that you use an electric toothbrush instead of a normal brush. Electric toothbrushes tend to be more efficient as they have a rotating head that can get to any small gap in your teeth.

The trick to an electric toothbrush is to not be as hard as when you normally brush your teeth. Only use light pressure and focus on each tooth at a time. You may actually want to run over each tooth twice to ensure that they are buffed and polished. Don’t forget to also run it over your tongue, just do not go too far back or else you may end up being sick. Once finished, make sure to spit out the toothpaste and rinse your mouth out with cold water.

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