Toothbrush

Do you really know how to clean your teeth? Here’s our advice

Any decent dentist will recommend that you brush your teeth twice a day.

But a recent YouGov survey revealed three in 10 Brits only brush once daily.

And what’s worse is that many of us brush incorrectly in the first place.

But there’s still time to rescue your smile— here are some pro tips on the best way to clean your teeth from our hygienist.

Head position

If you look up into the bathroom mirror with your mouth open while you work your brush around your teeth, you could be causing damage.

As your cheek stretches, there’s less space between the skin and your teeth — so you’ll brush harder to make progress in this tight spot.

Over time, this pressure can bend your teeth inwards, creating sensitivity and misalignments.

But lowering your head slightly and closing your mouth creates a much larger space where you can gently brush without damaging your dental architecture — while still enabling a deep clean.

Technique

An electric toothbrush is more effective than a manual toothbrush. Our Dentists or Hygienists will be able to advise you on the type & make of toothbrush to buy

Make sure you’re allocating enough time for a thorough cleanse — two to three minutes is preferable.

Ensure your brushstrokes are hitting the gum line area where plaque, tartar and bacteria build up and don’t forget to reach those molars right at the back of your mouth.

On the back and front surfaces of your teeth, softly brush a few at a time in small circles to avoid damaging enamel.

Then you can brush the tougher chewing surfaces and along the gum line

Between teeth

If you only brush the inner, outer and biting surfaces of your teeth, you’re missing the interdental surfaces where decay is usually most prevalent.

Pushing and pulling floss in and out of these gaps (without a sawing motion) can be effective — but interdental brushes are even better, especially for large spaces between teeth

Find the biggest brush that fits in the gaps (you’ll need more than one) and clear out these tricky spaces during one of your daily brushing sessions — the additional minute or so incurred really protects your sparkling smile.

Don’t rinse

If you’re part of the 62 per cent of us that thoroughly wash our mouths out with water after brushing, you could be removing vital protective materials.

So spit, don’t rinse for outstanding oral health — spitting removes excess toothpaste while leaving enough in your mouth to work its magic for as long as possible.

Those who rinse also tend to leave the tap running while they perform their ablutions — wasting approximately 12 litres of water each time.

So by switching to spitting, you can cut your water bill as well as cleaning your chompers more thoroughly.

Don’t use mouthwash directly after brushing either, because it also washes away valuable fluoride — wait a while for maximum impact on oral hygiene. Or better still, use the mouthwash before using toothpaste either as a rinse or by brushing into your gums

Cleaning your teeth in this manner might seem onerous at first — but you only need to learn the right regimen once to maintain a sparkling smile for as long as possible.

We hope you enjoyed our guide to great teeth brushing — contact us for more advice on any type of dental care.

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