Regular tooth brushing is very important in preventing tooth decay and gum disease. Brushing your teeth removes the bacteria of dental plaque that promote tooth decay and that can cause gum disease.
Brushing teeth is a simple task, but lots of people brush their teeth incorrectly, either skipping around so much that they don't really clean anything, or rubbing so hard that they actually damage their teeth and gums.
No matter how good you try to brush your teeth, some bacteria will always be left behind. The growth of dental plaque starts again the moment you stop brushing your teeth and remove the toothbrush from your mouth.
That is why you should be very careful to use proper toothbrushing techniques so that the percentage of bacteria left behind will be the lowest possible.
HOW TO BRUSH YOUR TEETH - PROPER TOOTH BRUSHING TECHNIQUES The most popular toothbrushing technique is the modified Bass method.
Place your toothbrush next to the teeth so that it rests on the gumline (the point where the teeth and the gums meet) , forming a 45 degrees angle against teeth and gums.
Move the toothbrush from the gums towards the edge of teeth to move the dental plaque away from the gum line.
Move the brush back and forth gently in short (1½ tooth wide) strokes.
After brushing, one by one tooth, all the outer teeth surfaces do the same for the inner surfaces.
Brush the chewing surfaces of the teeth with horizontal moves.
Spit out the toothpaste and rinse your mouth with water or mouthwash.
Brush your tongue, removing the bacteria that cause bad breath will freshen your breath. Use a tongue scraper if you do not feel comfortable cleaning your tongue with your toothbrush. If you have a bad breath problem, brushing the roof of your mouth might also help.
When you brush your teeth, you remove most of the plaque-causing bacteria. But some stay behind. These bacteria can set up a colony and begin damaging your teeth within 24 hours--which is why dentists recommend brushing twice a day to consistently interrupt their growth.
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Avoid the use of hard toothbrushes. Do not use too much force while brushing teeth. In both cases you could cause abrasions to the tooth enamel or dentin, that could lead to [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] problems.
A correct brushing must have a duration of 2 to 3 minutes.
After brushing teeth use the dental floss to complete your dental hygiene.