Did you know that there are over 300 different types of bacteria in the human mouth? If you do not properly brush your teeth, many mouth-related problems can occur, from tooth decay to bad breath and gum diseases.
Consequences of Improper Brushing
Here are some of the problems that you will encounter if you are brushing your teeth the wrong way:
• Plaque – It is a thin layer that builds up on your teeth and is made up of germs that can eat away your teeth, gums and bones.
• Gingivitis – It is the start of gum disease, which can be full-blown if you do not keep brushing regularly.
• Periodontitis – It is another gum disease that breaks down the teeth and bones around the mouth. Aside from that, it is painful and leads to tooth loss and tooth abscesses.
• Heart disease – When inflammation builds up in the mouth, the infection can spread to other parts of the body including the heart.
• Bad breath – It is a mouth disease, which is very annoying. Go to your dentist if you suffer from constant and severe bad breath.
You might experience these conditions if you do not have proper oral hygiene. The best way to avoid them is to get into the habit of not just brushing your teeth at least twice a day but, doing it the right way. Here are a few tips on how to do it properly:
• Proper brushing should take at least 120 seconds. Unfortunately, most adults do not come close to two minutes when brushing their teeth.
• Brushing your side teeth: Use small circular strokes or short back & forth strokes. Brush only two to three teeth at a time. Make sure that your brush is at a 45-degree angle to your gum line.
• When brushing your molar, clean the chewing surface back and forth. Clean the inner surfaces of your upper teeth, then your lower teeth.
• Gently brush your tongue to remove bacteria.
• Brush the outside and inside of your front teeth using short vertical strokes.
• Do all of these a little slower than you are used to. Pay extra attention to those hard-to-reach back teeth, gum line, and areas around fillings and crowns.
• If you are used to brushing hurriedly, you can use timer so that you can reach the minimum time limit to brush you teeth.
To get you more excited about brushing, use a toothbrush with small head and soft bristles. Small-headed brushes allow you to reach all areas of the mouth while their soft bristles are best to remove plaque and debris on your teeth. Change your toothbrush when it shows signs of wear or most preferable every three months, whichever comes first. Also, change toothbrush when you had colds to avoid re-infection.
In addition, choose toothpaste that is right for you. If you cannot decide whether you want whitening toothpaste or a triple protection toothpaste, ask your dentist about it.