Everyone has a toothbrush. Your toothbrush is an essential tool you use daily to promote good oral health and enjoy a sparkling smile. What you may not realise is that there are a number of important considerations to remember when it comes to choosing a toothbrush and the best toothbrush techniques to ensure that your brushing is promoting good oral health moving forward.
Dr Tariq Drabu, a leading dentist and specialist oral surgeon in the United Kingdom, has advised that many people are confused when it comes to selecting a toothbrush. They grab the first one on the shelf without identifying if it is the right choice to meet their oral health needs.
The first thing you will find is that you have a choice between the traditional manual style toothbrushes and electric toothbrushes. Both will work well if you use the right toothbrush technique to ensure you take care of your teeth and gums. The most important consideration when choosing a toothbrush is that it is comfortable to hold. You need to be able to hold and manoeuvre the toothbrush with ease. Dr Tariq Drabu also mentioned that the bristles mustn’t be too hard on your teeth and gums.
In addition to the toothbrush you choose when buying your toothbrush at the pharmacy or store, your technique is imperative to your overall oral health. The most important note is to ensure you brush your teeth a minimum of twice a daily. The most important time to brush is right before bed, as when you sleep bacteria build up in your mouth, which can cause unwelcome cavities and tooth decay.
The second brushing should be at some stage throughout the day, most people choose the morning before they head off to work. Make it a routine that you brush your teeth each morning and each night to eliminate bacteria, helping your teeth and gums remain healthy.
Another important toothbrush essential is that you must take your time. Even when you’re in a rush, don’t take less than two minutes per brushing. Two minutes is just enough time to ensure you cover every tooth, you eliminate bacteria and plaque and that your teeth and squeaky clean.
When brushing the gum line, you will want to angle your toothbrush slightly towards the gums, ensuring you get the edge of the gums and your teeth. It is very important not to brush too hard. Many people make the mistake of brushing too hard, but with the right toothbrush and toothpaste, gentle and effective brushing can help remove plaque and ensure your mouth is healthy at all times.
Ensure you use fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride can ensure your teeth are healthy. It has been proven that people who live in fluoridisation water areas enjoy healthier teeth and gums than those outside these areas, therefore always check the toothpaste level to ensure it has fluoride in it.
Focus on cleaning one tooth at a time, both front and back. When brushing you want to get to each of your teeth individually, ensuring you take the time to focus on eliminating all the plaque build up to leave you with clean teeth. Clean teeth free of plaque reduce the risk of gum diseases, cavities and tooth decay.
Remember to brush your tongue. So many people don’t take a few seconds to give their tongue a brush. Your tongue harbours dangerous bacteria. Next always rinse your toothbrush before and after use and replace it every three to four months or when the bristles become damaged and frayed.
Dr Tariq Drabu did mention that if you have gum disease, it’s advisable to replace your toothbrush on a regular basis and not wait for the three month period.