If you brush your teeth twice a day, you may think that you’re are aiding your dental health. It is true that brushing your teeth fights bacteria and plaque, protecting your teeth and gums. But how you brush your teeth determines whether you are cleaning or damaging them. Here are 5 steps to correctly brush your teeth.
1: Choose Your Toothbrush
A good toothbrush is important for a good smile. Choose a toothbrush that can easily fit inside your mouth and that has soft bristles. Make sure you change out your toothbrush every three to four months.
Hold your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle to your gums.
Do not scrub your teeth hard. This can damage tooth enamel and gums. Hold your toothbrush like a pencil and brush with short, back and forth strokes (vertical ones for the back of your front teeth).
4: Outer to Inner
Start cleaning the outer surface of your teeth. After this, you will brush the inner surface and then the chewing surface. Finish by cleaning your tongue.
5: Two Minutes, Twice a Day
You can effectively clean every part of your mouth if you brush for two minutes, twice a day. Set a timer if you have difficulty doing this.