You already know that brushing your teeth twice daily is imperative to ensuring your dental health. But you may not know that brushing your teeth the wrong way can also do major damage, to both your teeth and gums. Keep reading to learn how to brush your teeth the right way!
#1: Choose the Right Brush
Have you ever noticed that toothbrushes come in soft, medium and hard varieties? Whether you’re using an electric or manual toothbrush, make sure you’re using a brush head with soft bristles, unless your dentist tells you otherwise. This is vital for gum health, since the softer bristles can get under your gum line. Harder bristles can also wear away at your tooth enamel.
You should also make sure to get the right size for your mouth. A brush that’s too big can make it difficult to get into tighter spaces in a smaller mouth. There’s plenty of variety in the angle of brushes offered these days too.
#2: Don’t Brush Too Fast
You should brush for two minutes at a time, every time you brush your teeth. Many electric toothbrushes now come with timers, but you can always use the stopwatch or timer on your phone too. And of course, there’s the old-fashioned trick of simply counting to 120 seconds yourself.
#3: Don’t Brush Too Hard
Sometimes when we’re in a hurry, it seems like brushing really fast and furious will help us get the same results as taking our time. But brushing your teeth too hard can cause major damage to both your tooth enamel and gums. Take your time and be gentle.
#4: Change your Toothbrush Regularly
Your toothbrush isn’t meant to last forever. Check the bristles — if they’re discolored, frayed or bent, it’s time for a new toothbrush. You should expect to change your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months.
#5: Don’t Share & Let it Air
Two more things: Never share your toothbrush, since you’ll be sharing all sorts of germs, bacteria, and viruses if you do. And let your toothbrush air dry after you use it instead of locking it up in a case. A humid environment encourages the growth of mold and bacteria, so letting your toothbrush air out will keep it and your mouth healthy.