When talking about brushing teeth, the general advice is to brush teeth at least twice a day with a fluoride-based toothpaste for a period of around two minutes or more, covering the whole surface of your teeth including the inner, outer and chewing points of your teeth. Failure to brush teeth can result in a build-up of plaque which is a form of bacteria that can coat teeth if they are not properly brushed. If left untreated, the build-up of plaque can also lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Brushing teeth properly for an adequate amount of time stops the build-up of plaque.
How Long Should You Brush Your Teeth?
In addition to brushing teeth there are a number of other general points that should be followed in order to keep teeth healthy. These include:
- Replacement of a tooth brush after a maximum of 3 months
- Do not share your toothbrush as this can spread disease or infection
It is debatable as to exactly when teeth should be brushed, however regardless of when it is done, it should be for a minimum of two minutes. It is advisable to do it at least twice and generally people brush their teeth in the morning and at night before going to bed. Some people decide to brush their teeth additional times and sometimes after food. Dentists and professionals would be able to give specific advice on an individual’s own dental needs and dental health. Arguably irrespective of guidance that says you should brush teeth for at least two minutes, it should be done for whatever duration it takes to get them clean using the right techniques and tools to do so. If the technique is bad, then this will also have an impact on the amount of time required to brush teeth effectively.
There is a lot of debate as to whether people should use an electronic or manual toothbrush but in essence, it does not really mater providing both have the desired effect. Both options are equally good providing all the surfaces are brushed with a fluoride-based toothpaste. In terms of the types of toothbrush, most adults choose to purchase one with a small head that is angled with a combination of short and long bristles which are soft or medium in nature. Electric toothbrushes have the benefit of a rotating head. Regardless the number of times you brush your teeth per day is the more important aspect as opposed to which brush you use providing you brush your teeth effectively.
Dentists usually advise against rinsing your mouth with water or mouthwash immediately after brushing. This is because doing so will potentially wash away or dilute the concentration of fluoride in any remaining or surplus toothpaste that ultimately may limit any of its positive effects or qualities. Brushing teeth in general and associated techniques can always be discussed with a dentist or hygienist. Using a mouthwash that contains fluoride can help prevent teeth problems. Using it straight after brushing as opposed to waiting is not advisable and individuals also should avoid eating and drinking straight after for a period of at least 30 minutes.
Some individuals may have sensitive teeth that react to heat, pressure, or cold. If this is the case, then individuals may want to try specifically designed toothpaste for sensitive teeth. Sensitivity of teeth should be talked through with a dentist as it could be indicative of other problems including nerve inflammation or cavity problems.
Children may need assistance when brushing teeth and arguably should be supervised until at least the age of 7. There is a lot of advice and assistance available that encourages bringing an element of fun to the teeth brushing experience. Many children opt for a themed tooth brush which again adds to the element of trying to make teeth brushing fun and enjoyable for children and encourage them to do it.
Some individuals engage in what is known as flossing which is not only to retrieve dislodged food in between teeth , but also assist in the removal of plaque and hence reduce the risk of potential dental problems, gum disease and bad breath. Flossing works by assisting in the removal of floss along the gum line. It is advisable to do this prior to brushing teeth.
Looking after your teeth properly can be done effectively by following a very simple routine an example such as follows:
- Brush teeth for at least twice a day
- Use small circular harsh movements.
- Ensure toothpaste of choice contains fluoride
Remember a small blob of tooth paste is enough. Fluoride contained within will give the relevant protection for teeth and assist in strengthening them.
Further ways of looking after teeth and ensuring good dental hygiene is to cut out or cut down on foods and drinks that have a high sugar content. Every time sugar is consumed, bacteria in your mouth can react by producing acid that then attacks the teeth, causing problems such as decay or gum disease. Reducing sugary drinks and food obviously limits the amount of times, teeth are exposed to products that can ultimately cause them damage.
Visiting a dentist is paramount in maintaining good dental hygiene and as a good source of advice on anything related to keeping your teeth and gums healthy. Individuals should attend at a dentist for regular checkups the frequency of which will depend on age or individual circumstances and requirements. In adulthood the interval in between checkups can be anything from 6 months up to a period of two years. Visiting a dentist regularly can allow early identification of any issues or problems so that any remedial action required can be taken at the earliest opportunity and minimise the potential of any future problems.
Ways To Whiten Teeth Naturally
There are various simple home remedies of whitening teeth naturally such as making use of coconut oil (Method :oil pulling), combination of baking soda and lemon juice and the last, strawberry, baking soda and salt scrub.