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Techniques for Properly Brushing Your Teeth

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Because we typically learn how to brush our teeth at around age 5 or 6, most of us think we have a pretty good idea of how it’s done. However, it may surprise you to learn that you might have been brushing your teeth the wrong way for all these years!

How NOT to Brush

Most people brush the same way – in a back and forth motion across the teeth until they feel slippery and clean. Additionally, you may feel like the harder and more quickly you brush your teeth, the faster they’ll be clean and then you can go about your day.

The reality is that the back and forth motion typically used by most people actually scrubs away and weakens your tooth enamel. This motion is quite damaging to both your gums and your teeth and may age your teeth prematurely. Additionally, the weakening of tooth enamel will eventually cause your teeth to become sensitive and more vulnerable to dental cavities and tooth decay.

Lastly, the back and forth method doesn’t clean the teeth as effectively. Back and forth motions cause the bristles to bounce from tooth to tooth, missing spaces in between the teeth and even pushing the plaque further into these spaces.

Proper Brushing Technique

The proper way to brush your teeth is so easy that you may not feel that it’s effective. First, put your toothbrush over your teeth and begin to wiggle it back and forth in a circular motion, making sure that the bristles of the brush cover each tooth, including the sides. This will allow the bristles to find their way between the teeth. Perform this method until each tooth in your mouth has been cleaned.

Additionally, try not to brush too hard or vigorously, as this can cause problems for tooth enamel and gum tissue. Be gentle, we promise it will still be effective!

Posted on May 11, 2020

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