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What Is The Proper Way To Brush Teeth?

What Is The Proper Way To Brush Teeth?

Everyone knows that brushing your teeth is an important part of the daily oral routine that cannot be skipped. Dentists recommend that you brush your teeth 2 times a day for 2 minutes, once in the morning and once before sleep. Most people will carry out this routine without knowing the proper way to brush teeth. Some may even rush through the job as they need to get to work or school on time.

In this blog, I would like to share about the proper way to brush teeth, the tools to use and the techniques to master as well as to avoid the common tooth brushing mistakes.

 

Why The Need To Brush Your Teeth?

Some people felt that there is no need to brush their teeth so long as they floss their teeth after every meal and use a mouthwash to rinse their teeth and freshen their breath. So, is there a need to brush our teeth twice a day besides flossing and rinsing your mouth? Although flossing your teeth and rinsing with a mouthwash is part of the oral hygiene routine, it does not completely clean your teeth. Here are some important reasons why you need to brush your teeth:

1. Brushing helps to get rid of dental plaque from your teeth. Plaque is formed when the bacteria in the mouth feed on the food that remains in your teeth. If the plaque is not removed, it will start to erode your tooth enamel, eventually causing tooth decay and gum disease.

2. Brushing your teeth regularly helps to remove stains on the teeth.

3. Brushing your teeth helps to remove any food particles that are caught in between the teeth and gumlines as well as from the back of teeth that are not reachable using floss.

4. Regular brushing of teeth helps to improve your overall dental health and reduce the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

 

It Is Important To Use The Right Tooth Brushing Tools

To help us do the job of brushing our teeth properly, we need to use the right tools. The basic essential tools to brush your teeth are a toothbrush, toothpaste and dental floss or picks.

Toothbrush

The toothbrush is a tooth cleaning tool created by mankind since the early civilisations. The toothbrush of today comes in a variety of shapes and sizes for different needs and preferences. Most dentists recommend using a toothbrush with soft bristles as hard bristles can erode the tooth enamel. The head of the toothbrush should be small enough to fit into the mouth so that it can reach the back of the teeth to clean the difficult to reach areas.

You can use either manual or electric toothbrushes as they are both equally good at doing the job of cleaning your teeth although some people find it easier to clean their teeth with an electric toothbrush.

Toothbrush should be replaced every three months as the bristle will wear out over prolonged use and are no longer effective. The toothbrush should be replaced once the bristles are frayed even if it is less than three months.

Toothpaste

The toothpaste of today comes in a wide variety of designs to help deal with various dental problems including preventing tooth decay, gum recessions, removing plaque and stains and helping with sensitive teeth.

Most dentists recommend using a fluoride toothpaste as it helps to strengthen the tooth enamel and prevent cavities. Fluoride toothpaste should not be ingested as it may cause serious health problems. Children using fluoride toothpaste should be under adult to ensure that they spit out the toothpaste after brushing and not swallow it. Care must be taken to ensure that the child does not lick or eat the toothpaste from the tube.

For those who prefer to use fluoride-free toothpaste, there are many varieties of toothpaste made using natural ingredients that promote tooth remineralisation, reduce gum recessions, remove plaque, reduce sensitivity and freshen breath.

Dental Floss

Flossing helps to remove food particles that are trapped in the gaps between the teeth and they are not reachable by toothbrush bristles. It is recommended that you should floss your teeth before brushing them. Some people prefer to use dental picks while others prefer interdental brush instead of dental floss. Whether you use dental floss or dental picks or interdental brush, the results are the same when used correctly.

 

Mastering The Proper Brushing Techniques

Mastering the proper brushing techniques ensure that you are brushing your teeth correctly so that your teeth are kept clean, free from plaque and harmful bacteria.

1. First, use a small amount of water to wet your mouth. Next squeeze a pea-size amount of toothpaste onto your toothbrush. Do not use too much toothpaste as the excess foam makes brushing difficult.

2. Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against your gumline.

3. Brush a few teeth at a time, using gentle, short circular strokes. Start from the outside lower right teeth and move slowly to the outer lower left side. Next, flip your toothbrush to brush the inside lower right teeth and moving slowly towards the left side. Do not forget to brush the chewing surface of your molars. After you have complete brushing the lower teeth, repeat the same procedure for the upper teeth.

4. Be sure to spend at least 2 minutes to brush your teeth. To time yourself, you listen to a song while brushing. The duration of the song is a guide to ensure that you are brushing your teeth long enough. You can also use the app, Brush DJ that plays 2 minutes of your favourite music while you brush your teeth.

5. Next, brush your tongue. Do this gently so that the tissues do not get damaged. Brushing your tongue helps to get rid of bacteria and freshens your breath.

6. After the brushing is completed, rinse your mouth with cold water.

7. Next, clean up toothbrush by putting under running water for a few seconds to remove any bacteria and remaining toothpaste. Dry your toothbrush to prevent bacteria from growing on the toothbrush. Do not keep the wet toothbrush in a closed case or container as this prevents the toothbrush from drying.

8 Complete the cleaning routine using a mouthwash. This is an optional step for some people who prefer to protect their teeth using a fluoride mouth rinse or some other organic mouthwash with essential oils.

 

Tooth Brushing Mistakes – Are You Making Them?

You may think that tooth brushing is a simple task, how could anyone make a mistake with that? Tooth brushing mistakes are easier to make than what most would think. For most people, they would have been brushing their teeth since young and therefore, they could have gotten into tooth brushing habits that are wrong without them realising it. The most common tooth brushing mistakes are:

1. Not brushing long enough

As we all know that we need to brush our teeth for 2 whole minutes to ensure the teeth are thoroughly clean and free from plaque. Most people thought that they have brushed their teeth for 2 whole minutes, but they would be surprised to learn that it is actually shorter than what they thought. Use a stopwatch or timer to ensure that you have brushed your teeth for 2 minutes. Another method is to use an electric toothbrush that has a timer.

2. Not thorough in cleaning those teeth at the back of the mouth

In their daily routine of brushing teeth, most people will have done a good job of brushing their front teeth well. However, little attention has been paid to those teeth at the back of their mouth. As these teeth are often harder to brush as they are far behind and one needs to pay more attention to ensure that those difficult to reach areas get cleaned thoroughly.

3. Not changing toothbrush as often as required

Dentists recommend that toothbrush should be changed every 3 months or when the bristle become discoloured or frayed. Discoloured and frayed bristles are signs that the toothbrush is worn out and needs to be replaced as it is no longer effective in doing its job of keeping your teeth clean. The toothbrush should be frequently checked for signs of worn out.

After using your toothbrush continuously for 3 months, there will be food particles and bacteria accumulated on your toothbrush. That is the other reason you should not hold on to your toothbrush for too long.

4. Using the wrong type of toothbrush

Dentists generally recommend toothbrushes with soft bristles as they are easy to bend and flexible enough to reach narrow spaces in your mouth to get your teeth clean. The thinking that hard bristles clean better is not true as soft bristles do the job just as well. Hard bristle will wear down your tooth enamel.

Toothbrushes come in various shapes and sizes. The toothbrush head should not be too big as it will prevent you from reaching the back of your teeth. On the other hand, a bristle head that is too small or narrow not only makes it difficult for brushing but also it does not thoroughly cover the tooth surface during the brushing process. The size and shape of the toothbrush handle not only helps to make brushing easier but also helps to do a thorough cleaning.

5. You go too hard on your teeth

Some people don’t brush their teeth, they scrub their teeth instead just like they are scrubbing their bathroom tiles. The problem is that they feel that they are not cleaning their teeth properly if they do not brush hard. Plaque can be removed easily by just brushing gently, which is why you do not need hard bristles to do the job. Brushing your teeth too hard will wear out your tooth enamel, make your tooth sensitive.

6. Two is enough, no more no less

Most people know that they need to brush their teeth 2 times a day for 2 minutes each. Why do you need to brush teeth in the morning? Brushing your teeth in the morning helps get rid of bacteria that has accumulated overnight. Brushing your teeth before bed is also important as the plaque produced by the bacteria will start will build up if you do not brush your teeth. The plaque if not removed through brushing will eventually harden and become a substance called tartar. Tartar build-up will lead to tooth decay and tooth loss.

While some people do not brush their teeth twice a day, some people brush their teeth too many times a day as they think that it is necessary to keep their teeth clean after every meal. According to some dentists, brushing your teeth more than 2 times a day can damage gums and cause your tooth enamel to erode.

7. Brushing immediately after a meal

People who diligently brush their teeth after every meal tend to make this mistake of brushing immediately after eating. Your saliva in the mouth has higher acid content after eating and brushing your teeth immediately is helping the acids to erode your tooth enamel faster. It is recommended to wait for 20 to 30 minutes after eating before you brush your teeth. If you cannot wait, rinse your mouth with some water to help get rid of the acid before you start brushing.

 

Get It Correct And Avoid Expensive Dental Treatments

Most people would have already the habit of brushing their teeth twice a day. However, they may not have acquired the correct way and technique to brush their teeth. Making changes to correct the way of doing something that you have done for a long time requires effort and time. The correct method and habit of brushing your teeth daily can be achieved through some diligence over time. The results are a cleaner set of teeth, fresher mouth and the ability to avoid expensive dental treatments.

Do you have tooth brushing experience and techniques that you would like to share? Feel free to leave it in the comments below.

Toothbrush Reviews

Toothbrush Reviews

Since ancient times, mankind had used tooth brushing tools made from twigs, natural bristles and bones, to help keep their teeth clean. Over the years, the designs of toothbrushes have evolved to accommodate the various needs and preferences. However, the basic features of a handle to grip and a bristle head for cleaning still remain in the toothbrush of modern days.

Toothbrushes of today are in two broad categories of manual and electric toothbrushes and they come in various shapes and sizes. The handle of a manual toothbrush can be straight, angled or curved and the toothbrush heads come in shapes of oblong, oval, round and rectangular. Some handles are ergonomically designed and fitted with soft rubber areas for better grip. Toothbrush bristles today are made of synthetic materials and with versions of soft and hard bristles.

If you are looking for a manual toothbrush, there are many different types sold by the leading companies in oral care. However, most of their products are made of plastic handles and nylon bristles. My reviews here are mostly for toothbrushes that are made from BPA free bristles, eco-friendly, organic and compostable materials.

Gondola Bamboo Toothbrush

Gondola Bamboo toothbrush is made using soft bristles which are BPA free and the handle is made from organic bamboo which is lightweight and easy to hold. The handle will not splinter and is water-resistant. The packaging is made from recycled paper and minimal packaging is used to help keep the earth green.

Most dentists recommend changing your toothbrush every 3 months and a pack of 4 Gondola Bamboo ToothbrushesBamboo Toothbrush will last you a full year. You can personalise your toothbrush by marking or drawing on the handle with a pen or putting a date on it to remind yourself of when to change the toothbrush.

Price: $8.95 (pack of 4)

Size: Adult, Child

Customer ratings: 4.7 out of 5

User Feedback:

Good

  1. Bristles are soft
  2. Brushes well
  3. Easy to use
  4. Handle has a good grip for my injured hand
  5. Like the beautiful packaging that is biodegradable

Bad

  1. Bristle too soft
  2. Bristle too hard and abrasive
  3. Bristle keep falling out
  4. Bristle head too big

Where to Buy: Amazon.com

 

GoWoo 100% Natural Bamboo Toothbrush

GoWoo Natural Bamboo Toothbrush uses premium quality and sustainable bamboo wood which is stronger than normal wood. These bamboo toothbrushes are water-resistant, which means that you do not need to dry the handle after use.

GoWoo Natural Bamboo Toothbrush uses bristles that are bio-based which made up 62% castor oil and 38% nylon and are BPA free and super soft. The nylon bristles are resistant to bacteria growth during normal use, therefore ensuring safety and long-term use. The bristles are dyed with a food dye, which is non-caustic and safe. The colour coding allows easy identification for family members to use the same type of toothbrush without getting them mixed Natural Bamboo Toothbrushup.

Price: $11.89 (pack of 4)

Size: Adult

Customer ratings: 4.3 out of 5

User Feedback:

Good

  1. Brush is soft and easy on sensitive teeth and gums
  2. Coloured bristles for easy identifications
  3. Handle has good grip

Bad

  1. Has splinters
  2. Don’t like the wood taste
  3. Bristle too soft

Where to Buy: Amazon.com

 

Preserve Recycled Toothbrushes

Preserve toothbrushes are made in the USA with 100% recycled plastics for the handles and the bristles are made from virgin nylon. Preserve toothbrushes are BPA free and recyclable through Preserves’ Take Back toothbrush recycling program.

Preserve toothbrush has a unique curved handle that was designed to get to those hard-to-reach areas in the mouth for a more thorough cleaning. Although the handle is made from recycled yoghurt cups, the bristles are brand new and come in 3 choices of ultra soft, soft and medium bristles. A three-level bristle arrangement comprising of softer bristles on the outer rows than the inner rows to protect your gums and tooth enamel.Recycled Toothbrush

A pack of 6 toothbrushes comes in assorted colours of Grass Green, Midnight Blue, Sky Blue, Magenta and White. Preserve toothbrushes are available in kid size.

Price: $16.56 (pack of 6)

Size: Adult

Customer ratings: 4.5 out of 5

User Feedback:

Good

  1. Like the ultra soft bristles
  2. Curved handle makes it easy to reach behind the back molars
  3. Like it made from recycled plastic
  4. Good for those with sensitive gums

Bad

  1. Curved handle not easy to use
  2. Ultra soft one is not very soft

Where to Buy: Amazon.com

 

Bamboo Toothbrush

Bamboo Toothbrush is plastic-free and eco-friendly and the toothbrush handle is made from natural biodegradable bamboo and painted with environmental waterproof paint of different colours to protect the handle from moisture as well as for easy identification for family members.

The toothbrush head is made of spiral nylon bristles imported from Germany and they are BPA free and super soft, made using innovative technology. The diameter of each bristle is only 0.02 mm, which allows it to penetrate deep into the teeth to clean. The super soft bristle is gentle to the gums and is perfect for those with sensitive gums. The spiral characteristic of the bristle makes the cleaning twice more effective than other bristles.Eco-friendly Bamboo Toothbrush

Bamboo Toothbrush does not use plastic for packaging. The packaging is done using 100% paper that is biodegradable. This is perfect for those who are looking for good quality eco-friendly alternatives to reduce their plastic use.

Price: $8.99 (pack of 4)

Size: Adult, Child

Customer ratings: 4.7 out of 5

User Feedback:

Good

  1. Bristle is soft and good for gums
  2. Pretty and well made
  3. Kids love it

Bad

  1. Bristle too soft, does not clean well
  2. Bristle keep falling out
  3. Bristle head too big for small mouth

Where to Buy: Amazon.com

 

Wowe Lifestyle Natural Organic Bamboo Toothbrush

Wowe Toothbrush is environmentally friendly as its handle is made from bamboo wood that is lightweight and biodegradable. Bamboo is stronger and harder than wood and it is a more durable and healthier option than plastic. It is water-resistant and there is no need to try its handle.

The toothbrush head is made from high quality soft nylon bristles that are BPA free. The toothbrushes are packedOrganic Bamboo Toothbrush using 100% plastic-free packaging that is made from recycled materials. Wowe practises zero waste in their packaging by using as little packaging as possible. Thus, it becomes the toothbrush choice for the environmentally-conscious individuals and those who seek to reduce their plastic use.

Price: $11.95 (pack of 4)

Size: Adult

Customer ratings: 4.3 out of 5

User Feedback:

Good

  1. Bristle is just nice, not too soft or hard
  2. Curved bristle design cleans teeth well
  3. Lasted longer than other brands

Bad

  1. Allergic to the nylon bristles
  2. Bristles fall out after a short use
  3. Toothbrush got mouldy

Where to Buy: Amazon.com

Note: Prices mentioned here are correct at the time of posting.