Brushing your teeth is probably not something you give much thought to in your day-to-day to do list – brushing morning and night is about as routine as the morning rush hour in Ealing… but are you doing it properly?
It’s easy to get lazy when it comes to your oral hygiene routine as it is something you repeat day after day after day. If, though, you’re one of those lazy people then it will not take long for the results of your shoddy work to show.
Bacteria and food debris left behind in your mouth as you go through the day takes just 24 hours to turn into harmful plaque bacteria which, when left to linger, can cause tooth decay, gum disease and acid erosion to name a few. Even worse, plaque takes a mere 72 hours to turn into tartar and tartar cannot be removed by any other means than a professional cleaning.
If you spend 3 minutes morning and night brushing your teeth any way then you may as well be making the most of it. Ineffective brushing means ineffective results and a waste of your precious time. Brushing should take three minutes every time and should involve front, back, sides and everything in between – every surface of every tooth in your mouth should be cleaned and not forgetting your tongue!
The correct technique for brushing is to hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gums and, applying firm but gentle pressure, move back and forth in small circular motions. This is the best way to ensure that your gums and tooth enamel are not damaged. Many people will simply go manically back and forth in a scrubbing action (are you guilty?) but this is the way in which gums and tooth enamel are worn down and it is not even as effective a way of removing the plaque.
Your routine should never end there either! Flossing is just as important as brushing and should go hand-in-hand with your toothbrush. Brushing is only effective for the outer parts of the teeth but what about the bits you can’t see? Bacteria get everywhere and just because you can’t see it, it doesn’t mean it’s not there. At least once a day, preferably at night you should spend 5 minutes flossing to make sure that your mouth is absolutely 100% bacteria free.
An effective oral hygiene routine really doesn’t steal that much time away from your day. The numerous dentist visits that will come should you neglect your oral health, however, will be much more inconvenient. If you think your daily routine could probably do with a revamp then do it today and keep that smile sparkling.
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