1. When Do I Do It?
We’re usually told to brush our teeth once in the morning, and once at night before going to bed. However, experts recommend that you brush three times a day – an hour after every meal each time – to minimize any bacteria from food. Brushing too soon after a meal can cause enamel erosion, which is why an hour later is best. For this reason, too, dentists advise that you should brush your teeth before you have breakfast and not after.
2. How Do I Do It?
Think of your mouth in quarters. Your top left teeth, top right teeth, bottom left teeth and bottom right teeth. Focus on each area separately, moving from the front to back of your mouth. The front surface of your teeth should be your first focus, then the back, then the tops – i.e. the surfaces you use to chew. To freshen your breath, it’s also recommended that you brush your tongue!
3. What Do I Use?
Electric toothbrushes are definitely best, as they are designed to brush at the correct pace and pressure and to meet the teeth at the correct angle. Some even have inbuilt timers to make sure you brush for the correct amount of time, and many feature varying movements and settings for deep-cleaning or sensitivity. It’s best to change your toothbrush or toothbrush head every three months at the very least, and store it somewhere clean, standing up, but not in a container as they breed bacteria. Always rinse your toothbrush with hot water after brushing, as this helps to kill bacteria and prevent them from multiplying before you next brush.
4. What About Toothpaste?
The best toothpaste for preventing cavities and other forms of tooth decay is a fluoridated toothpaste, also known as an antimicrobial paste. This kind helps to strengthen the enamel and repair any minor signs of tooth decay. Be sure not to swallow it, as this can lead to fluorosis (white spots on the teeth!). Use half your typical amount of past on your top teeth, then add the other half to brush your bottom ones, rinsing in-between. You should also use mouthwash to further reduce plaque and bacteria, care for your gums and kill gingivitis, and you should always floss!
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