The Proper Way To Brush Your Teeth

Cleaning your teeth may be a relatively modern concept in terms of human history, but it has nonetheless become an important aspect of the modern way of life. Today, let's give the topic a once-over and see what's the best way to keep those teeth clean and strong.

Oral health is an important aspect of your journey to a healthier body. After all, before any of that healthy food comes into our body, it's gonna have to go through your mouth first. Teeth also happen to be one of the most prominent things you see in a happy person. Why not keep those teeth healthy for all the world to see? Today, let's have an overview of what it really means to have clean teeth, and whether or not some teeth cleaning tips are true to this day.

What's The Proper Way?

Brush Moderately, not excessively

Excessive brushing of teeth is one of the least talked about problems when it comes to dental health. The reason teeth are "white" when we are young is because of enamel. Enamel covers the teeth and gives it that pearly white sheen. As we age, eating and excessive brushing scrubs that layer of enamel away. Enamel does not regenerate. While enamel filling is a thing, it's better to just adjust your lifestyle to not destroy our enamel any further. Brushing for more than 30 seconds is already excessive. 

Not only that, but brushing gums excessively can lead to them receding. Essentially, it's not at least 3 times a day, but no more than 3 times a day.


Soft Bristles Only

Soft bristles are the best kind of toothbrush you can own. Their ability to flex easier than hard bristles, as well as their general comfort while used on your teeth, means it is the safest to use for your teeth. Soft bristles will not scrape off enamel like medium and hard bristles would do.

Modified Bass Technique

This technique is the standard brushing method approved by the majority of dentists. The method below is paraphrased from the guidelines detailed by dental experts from various toothpaste companies.

  • Tip the toothbrush horizontally in a 45 degree angle and make sure the bristles are under your gum line.
  • Use short horizontal strokes while moving your brush in a circle. This should be a gentle motion and should be done for every tooth. Do this for all of your teeth.
  • Flick the brush upwards your teeth as well when you are nearly done. The flicking motion should remove the plaque you have brushed off.
  • For the back teeth, for which a horizontal position is difficult to do, just do the same motions thought to you but vertically.
  • At the end, use clean tap water to rinse your mouth. Gurgle to make sure no toothpaste is left behind in your mouth.
  • As a side note, brushing your tongue and the roof of your mouth is also important. Again, the same motions are important to this. Gentle, circular and short motions are the key to keeping the enamel clean without destroying them.

Flossing

Finally, let's talk about flossing. This is the part of teeth cleaning that most people tend to neglect. The type of floss you use is entirely up to you, but the proper method needs to be followed.

  • Prepare a short string of floss and ring it around your tooth.
  • Gently do a back-and-forth motion while looping the tooth to shimmy the floss in. Don't force it in, because that will cut your gums.
  • The floss should be in a C-shape. Think of it like shining a shoe.
  • From there, slowly lower it while doing the back-and-forth motion.  Once it's between your tooth and gums, you can clear away the plaque that's stuck.

Flossing can cure bad breath and tooth decay because tiny bits of food and plaque are what causes these problems. Brushing teeth doesn't get into those tight spaces. With professional dentist advice and the tips detailed in this article, you should be closer to that winning smile you've been working towards.