Brushing your teeth on a daily basis is a crucial part of any person’s life. Every morning many of us stumble into the bathroom and brush our teeth; but have your ever wondered if you were brushing correctly. The following is a guide on how to correctly brush your teeth. Remember that seeing a dentist regularly is one of the best things you can do to prolong the life of you teeth and gums. If you can not afford to see a dentist as often as you should practicing good dental hygiene will help keep you healthy until you can. The following is a simple guide on how to correctly brush and care for your teeth.
The first step to brushing your teeth begins in the store you shop in. You must choose the correct toothbrush for you. You have many choices. There are mechanical or basic brushes. No matter which style you choose, remember to always choose a soft bristle brush. All brushes are labeled soft, medium or hard. You must also make sure that all of your dental products are ADA, American Dental Association, accepted. This will insure that you are buying the best possible products for your at home dental care. You can use any toothpaste you like as long as it is ADA accepted. Any type of floss will do but the kinds preferred most by dentist are the tape kind. The traditional floss, which is more like string, works just as good.
The first thing you should do every morning is floss. Your gums may bleed a little bit at first. This is because the bacteria from food left in your mouth has collected around your teeth and is flourishing on your gums. If left to flourish this can lead to Gingivitis and Gum Disease. Flossing everyday or even every other day will make the bleeding stop. You must practice the correct way to floss. Take a piece of floss about twelve inches long and wrap it around your right pointer and left middle fingers. Leave your about a two inch strip to gently slide between each tooth. While you are flossing move your floss up and down along the sides of each tooth. Never saw at your gums. This will make sores and leave room for infection.
Now that you have flossed your teeth it is time to brush. First wet your toothbrush just a little and make sure to turn off the water as your are brushing to help cut down on water usage. Apply your toothpaste to your brush in any desired amount. Yet, for children under the age of six use a pea sized amount. Start on the right top teeth, at the very back. Gently rotate your brush in a circular fashion. Brush all sides of every tooth working your way around to the other side. Think to your self side, bottom, side. Invision each tooth in your mind so as you don’t leave any surface untouched. Brush the complete set of upper teeth. Then proceed to the bottom set of teeth. Again, start from the back and work your way around in a circular up and down motion. Remember to be gentle in doing this. Brushing too hard will damage your teeth and gums. Make sure to rinse after every brush. You can buy any mouthwash that is ADA accepted or you can make your own. You can mix equal parts of purified water and hydrogen peroxide to make an inexpensive and effective mouthwash.
There are some things to remember about good dental hygiene. Brush at least twice a day. Many people prefer to floss once a day. This is best to do at the nightly brushing as it will remove the food build up from that day. You need to change out your toothbrush or replacement head every two months at least. Over using a toothbrush can cause more bacteria to grow in your mouth and will not clean your teeth effectively. You should also see a dentist every six months or as often as you can. Good dental health is good for your overall health. Remember that good habits should be practiced daily.