You’ve reached adulthood and you probably feel like you definitely have a handle on your daily activities.
Getting to work on time? Check. Working out in the evenings? Check. Brushing your teeth? Not so fast. Most of us never give it a second thought, but as it turns out, a huge number of adults brush their teeth incorrectly, putting their mouth at risk of tooth decay and preventable tooth erosion.
It’s not a science, but there is a technique to it.
It’s normal to hold your toothbrush at a 90° angle to your teeth, but that’s a big no-no since you are more likely to damage your gums this way. To properly brush your teeth, tilt the brush at a 45 angle away from the gum line and use a gentle circular motion, paying extra attention to the hard to reach areas around fillings, crowns and back teeth.
Can you spare 120 seconds for tooth brushing?
Proper brushing takes at least 2 minutes and most adults do not spend nearly as much time brushing their teeth each day. To properly remove cavity-causing bacteria, one should brush more than a minute at a time thoroughly cleaning each section as follows;
- Target the outer and inner surfaces of your upper teeth
- Clean the inner and outer surfaces of your lower teeth
- Gently clean the chewing surfaces
- Brush your tongue for fresher breath
Consider replacing your toothbrush
Old toothbrushes are ineffective and you should consider replacing your toothbrush every 3-6months. Your old toothbrush is like a disease magnate, especially after you’ve been sick since the bristles can collect germs that can lead to reinfection.
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— Dr. Mirissa D. Price (@Mirissa_D_Price) January 10, 2019