How to Clean Your Teeth More Thoroughly

We’ve all been there. We think that we do an extraordinary job of brushing our teeth, only to go to the dentist and have our teeth furiously scraped down by the hygienist. This experience leaves you wondering what in the world you could have done more! When it comes to dental hygiene, more isn’t always better. Sometimes, you are simply lacking the right tools and proper technique to really get your teeth clean. Here’s how to do it right!

Don’t Forget to Floss

Studies show that only 20% of people in the United States floss every day. We need to do so much better than that, especially when flossing is the only way to clean between your teeth. Most people wouldn’t even think of missing a day of brushing their teeth. What they don’t realize is that brushing without flossing is like sweeping all the dirt and dust to the edges of the floor and leaving it there. Remember, the spaces in between your teeth matter too! In fact, those are the spots where food and plaque love to hide out most. Flossing isn’t hard. It just takes a concerted effort to make it a habit. 

Use the Right Brush

You probably already know how important it is to use quality tools. It is difficult to do just about any job without the right equipment. Your toothbrush is no different. The first rule of thumb is to use a soft-bristled toothbrush. Hard bristles can wreak havoc on your delicate gums, causing them to recede permanently. The next rule of thumb is to replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months. Frayed and splayed toothbrushes just aren’t as effective. Finally, consider purchasing an electric toothbrush. Electric toothbrushes are often more effective than a normal toothbrush.

Use the Right Technique

Rubbing your toothbrush across your teeth aimlessly for a few seconds is not a very good technique, and yet it is pretty typical. Learning the right way to brush will preserve your gums and get your teeth much cleaner. When you are brushing, systematically brush in small, gentle, circular motions across every surface. Don’t forget to brush behind your teeth, as well as your tongue and the insides of your cheeks. You should brush at least twice a day, for around 2 minutes both times. 

Brushing your teeth shouldn’t be rocket science, but it also shouldn’t be random and haphazard. Simply brushing might be a big step above doing nothing, but it is a long shot from doing it right! If you focus on proper dental hygiene for just a few weeks, it will become a lifelong habit. Plus, it will be a welcome surprise for your hygienist! 

Check out this article on why you shouldn’t leave a cavity unfilled!

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