There are a lot of people who don’t know the correct way to brush their teeth. They are unsure on how long they should brush their teeth for, how hard they should press when brushing, what toothpaste to use and how many times is too many.
If you are one of these people, don’t worry, Bay Dental have all the answers for you!
How Long Should I Brush For?
It is recommended by many professionals that ‘proper’ brushing should take approximately two minutes, although others say that up to three minutes is better for you. Considering this advice, many people don’t even come close to this amount of time, especially in a morning when you may be rushing to leave the house for work, or at night when you just want to get in bed.
Three minutes can seem like a long time and even more for the little ones. Try and make this time a bit more fun and interactive, or even get an electric toothbrush which can have self-timers on them! Although it is important to keep track on how long you brush for, with many things, quality trumps quantity.
How Hard Should I Brush?
Some people question whether too much brushing can be harmful, whereas it’s not really an issue of brushing for too long- technically you could brush your teeth for a whole ten minutes, or even half an hour if you wanted! Pressure is the issue in question.
If you apply too much pressure you can cause abrasion of the enamel and gum tissue, which can, in the end, lead to your teeth becoming extra sensitive. It may be a good idea to use your less powerful hand (the one you don’t write with), as you may not already realise how much pressure you are applying.
When Should I Brush?
The majority of people brush in the morning and again at night – some people even brush throughout the day after meals. But in fact, the best time of day to brush your teeth is at night time, just before you go to sleep. This is due to needing to clean up the build-up from the day of eating. Obviously cleaning your teeth in the morning is important, as it freshens your breath and gets your started for a full day of food and treats (not too many treats). If you only brushed your teeth once a day, you would get unwanted
If you only brushed your teeth once a day, you would get unwanted buildups of plaque and trapped bacteria, which over time can contribute to gum disease. So, if you are brushing twice a day- keep doing what you’re doing!
What Toothbrush Should I Use?
When wandering through your local supermarket it can be difficult to decide on what toothbrush to buy, especially when there is so much choice and variety. So, which one do you pick?
The main thing with toothbrushes is that the bristles need to be soft and bendy to get right under your gums. The size of the head is also important, dependent on the size of your mouth. Soft bristles clean much more effectively than hard bristles, and hard bristles can even wear down the structure of your teeth.
Make sure you regularly change your toothbrush to make sure your bristles are soft!
If you would like any more information or tips regarding brushing your teeth, you can always ask your dentist at Bay Dental, cosmetic dentists in Lancaster, as they will be more than happy to provide you with advice and guidance.