Brush, Brush, Brush Your Teeth,
Brush it every day!
Father, Mother, Brother, Sister,
Brush it every day!
So goes the famous rhyme emphasizing the importance of brushing one’s teeth every day. Brushing one’s teeth is an everyday hygiene activity that all of us do (and wish people around us do too!). However there are still a lot of us asking
- How should I brush my teeth?
- How many times am I supposed to brush my teeth?
- How long should I brush my teeth?
Here we try to answer some of these questions:
Proper brushing takes 2 to 3 minutes – this prevents tooth decay and gum disease. Most people do not come to brushing that long at all. Use a proper toothbrush with soft, nylon, round ended bristles that will not scratch or irritate teeth or damage gums.
Let’s start over with the brushing technique now
Hold the toothbrush against your gums at a 45 degree angle. Move the brush in gentle vibrating motion making sure you get under the gum line as much as possible. Roll the toothbrush away from the gum line.
Then start with the upper teeth and make sure you brush the front and back surfaces of the upper teeth. Don’t forget the back molars. Use short back and front strokes.
Then move to the lower teeth. Brush the outside, inside and chewing surface of the lower teeth. Brush with short back and front strokes. Brush for atleast 2 to 3 mins in total.
Now brush the inner surface of the upper and lower front teeth at a 60 degree angle. Brush up and down.
Then gently brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen the breath. Use front and back strokes for the tongue. Rinse your mouth with a mouthwash or just plain water. Make sure your whole mouth gets coverage while you rinse.
You should replace your toothbrush when it begins to show wear or every 3 months whichever is earlier. Also change the toothbrush if you have had an episode of cold, fever or any kind of infection since the bristles can collect the germs and lead to reinfection.
Brushing one’s teeth twice a day, once in the morning and once before you go to bed keeps you orally hygiene and welcome to your friends around!