Proper Oral Hygiene: Appropriate Tooth Brushing Techniques
An ever growing number of men, women and children are becoming more concerned about dental health and dental care. To this end, these people are interested in learning proper oral hygiene practices. This includes learning more about appropriate tooth brushing techniques.
If you are such a person, this article has been created to provide you with some basic information about appropriate tooth brushing techniques.
Do keep in mind that if after reading this article you find that you have more questions about oral hygiene practices generally or tooth brushing techniques specifically, you should contact your dentist. In the end, nothing can take the place of a consultation with your dentist.
How Often Should I Brush My Teeth?
Generally speaking, a typical person does not brush his or her teeth often enough. In fact, if you really want to take the best care of your teeth, you should brush your teeth as frequently as follows:
- Each morning when you begin your day
- After every meal you consume through the course of the day
- After any snack you each during the course of the day
- After any beverage you drink during the course of the day
- An night before you retire for the evening
Of course, this is a very ambitious teeth brushing regimen. In point of fact, if you can manage brushing in the morning and at night and between meals, you will be doing quite good when it comes to the proper care of your teeth.
How Should I Brush My Teeth?
If you use a manual toothbrush, you should brush your teeth in an up and down motion. This is the best means of removing materials from your teeth.
Brushing side to side will not be as affective in removing unwanted materials from the surface of your teeth. Moreover, in some instances, some people have experienced having grooves end up on the surface of their teeth as the result of side to side teeth brushing.
Brushing Alone is Not Enough
While brushing your teeth is important, it is not enough. You also need to floss your teeth regularly as well.
What About Electric Toothbrushes?
With increasing frequency, a typical dentist is recommending that his or her patients make the investment in an electric toothbrush. There are two reasons why many a dentist is making this recommendation:
- These types of toothbrushes are proving more effective at removing unwanted materials from teeth as opposed to manual toothbrushes.
- People who use electric toothbrushes tend to brush their teeth longer than those who use a manual toothbrush.
Don't Forget to See Your Dentist
Nothing can take the place of a regular appointment with your dentist. You should set an appointment with your dentist and dental hygienist at least twice each year. The appointment should include a professional teeth cleaning, either by the dentist or dental hygienist.