Six Steps to Brush Your Teeth and Floss the Right Way
How well are you cleaning your teeth? We all have a basic idea of how to brush the teeth and clean our tongues but to get the desired effect- which is properly cleaned teeth- we have listed six steps through which this can be achieved. This reveals Steps to Brush Your Teeth and Floss the Right Way for fresher breath, whiter teeth, and healthier mouth!
Our smiles make us look beautiful despite how we already look, as what makes a smile even more beautiful is an open mouth revealing an awesome set of clean teeth.
Everyone who thinks this is of any value will take the time to brush their teeth the right way. Brushing the teeth the wrong way comes with some discomforting consequences like bad breath, gum diseases, the buildup of plaque and tartar, tooth decay, etc.
Dental hygiene should be taken very seriously because gum diseases like gingivitis have been linked to serious health problems like heart diseases, kidney disease, diabetes, cancer, etc.
Only recently, a harmful bacterium was discovered to harbor within the mouth, and this bacteria has been directly linked with pancreatic cancer, as we can go on and on about the reasons to maintain a good dental hygiene and why you should keep all your appointments with the dentist where required. Basically, you have a lot to gain by practicing a good dental hygiene.
Many people approach alarming dental signs like bleeding gums very lightly, and surveys have shown that a very low percentage of people will seek dental attention when they notice this, while a majority of people claim they will seek advice from the internet in a bid to discover home remedies for their problem.
We have an easy to understand infographic below which shows the right methods of brushing the teeth. It starts with the positioning of the toothbrush at 45 degrees to the gum and brushing the teeth in little circular movements.
When this has been done satisfactorily for the four quadrants of the mouth, the tongue should be brushed to get rid of any film of bacteria-laden mucus.
It can be seen from the infographic that the right angle at which the toothbrush should be positioned is 45 degrees; this should be the first correction for everyone who have been getting it wrong. Then you proceed to brush the sides of the teeth and the top part used for biting. Round up by cleaning the tongue and inner areas.
Six steps to brush your teeth correctly
Place the brush against your teeth at a 45-degree angle inclined with the gums and brush with little circular patterns making sure you reach all the teeth in your mouth.
Next, brush the sides of each tooth, and make sure you reach all of them on your upper mouth and lower jaw, keeping the brush at the right inclination with the gum at all times.
Clean the inner areas in your mouth using the same pattern.
Carefully and thoroughly brush the biting surface of the teeth.
You should reach the inner part of the front teeth by positioning the brush vertically to reach this area and brush in a small circular pattern using the front part of the toothbrush.
Properly brushing the tongue is important to keep your mouth smelling fresh; you can avoid bad breath by cleaning your tongue properly.
There are other options of brushing properly that will work for you if you are currently having problems with the way you brush your teeth. Seek the attention of your dentist for a recommendation of a technique that will suit you.
Learn the right way to floss
So, how often do you floss?
Flossing is important because it is a very effective way of removing plaque deposits, food particles that are within areas in your mouth the toothbrush might miss. The recommended frequency for flossing is at least once daily, you will effectively avoid suffering from tooth decay and other dental diseases by flossing regularly.
We have listed out the right steps you can use to properly floss
- cut out at least 18 inches of floss and wind both ends around your middle fingers leaving two inches of floss in between your fingers.
- make the floss taut by holding it with your thumbs and index fingers and then move it in-between your teeth in to and fro motions.
- ensure the floss is moved around the base of all your teeth reaching below the gum line, and this should be done carefully to avoid exerting too much force that can hurt your gums.
- After flossing each tooth, adjust the floss to use a clean area for the next tooth, do this for every tooth in your mouth.
- When you are done, gently remove the floss by using the same to and fro motion to remove it from the tooth.
What type of floss is recommended?
You can choose from these two types of floss
- The Nylon floss which is multifilament floss.
- The PTFE floss which is monofilament floss.
The most commonly used one is the nylon floss; it is either waxed or un-waxed. You will have the choice of picking from many flavors, however, it is prone to wear and tear easily which happens when used in sharpened areas of the tooth because it is made up of different strands of nylon.
The PTFE floss is more expensive and tougher. It can withstand tear when used for a tightly set teeth.
Both types of floss are very effective in removing lodged food particles and traces of plaque when used the right way.
We have different kinds of dentition if you are having problems with cleaning your teeth; so please seek the attention of a dentist for advice on the best techniques and dental products that will be suitable for you. Your choice of dental products should be only those that have the ADA seal on them. This is an assurance that they are safe for use after passing all the required tests. The ADA seal is visible on toothpaste containing fluoride, toothbrushes, floss, oral irrigators, mouthwash and other dental products.
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As a dentist, I feel responsible for ensuring that everyone out there has a healthy set of teeth. We should all feel confident to smile at any time; the good part is there is always a solution for any dental problem. It has been a pleasure of mine to provide these six steps to correctly brush your teeth and the right way to floss. Brush your teeth twice daily and always remember to floss! Cheers…