Brush your teeth properly
Cleaning your teeth is not that hard, after all, we’ve been doing it since we were a young child. But do you actually know – how to brush your teeth properly ? And yet there is a bit of attention to the correct brushing, so adults and children should clean differently. And your baby needs some dental care too.
Perfect dental care can even completely prevent caries and periodontal disease, inflammation of the dentition. If you brush the teeth twice a day for about five minutes and use about two minutes of dental flossing, you only get 12 minutes of dental care every day and save some dental treatment.
The whole subject is much more comprehensive than you think at first. Therefore, you can jump directly to the relevant part, in this article you will learn:
Toothbrush – To clean your teeth properly
Proper brushing is important, because healthy teeth facilitate chewing, reduce a toothache and less frequently require tooth whitening.
How long and how often should you brush your teeth?
For most of us, it is clear three times daily for three minutes of teeth brushing. But is that still true? Not really, because if you can clean thoroughly, twice daily enough, in the morning and evening.
Also, the opinions about the length go apart. In fact, the three minutes may be enough, but some may take up to five minutes to remove all the pads. In order to determine the optimum cleaning time for you, it is advisable to talk to your dentist.
Alternatively, you can also use tooth coloring tablets, which you may know from the dentist. This will make your teeth colored, older plaque will be blue, newer plaque will be pink (color can be removed with brushing). So you can see very nicely whether you were thorough enough or not and thus the optimal cleaning time for you. These tablets are available including mirrors for about $ 22 at Amazon.
Before or after breakfast?
Is it important to brush teeth after every meal? Or three times a day? You should also use dental floss. According to the study, only 11 percent of the participants were able to do so. Do not worry if the first time you bleed: Bacterial plaque near the tooth is the trigger. Use daily floss, disappear the pads and the bleeding stops. Inter dental brushes clean out evenly spaced inter dental spaces better than dental floss. Especially in old age, when the gums recede, such larger gaps arise.
Logically, one should clean the teeth before the breakfast; after all, the cleaning was completely in vain. Or? Not quite, whether you do before or after breakfast depends on what you eat for breakfast. In general, however, it is recommended to clean BEFORE breakfast, because every meal means an “acid attack” on your teeth.
This acid attack lasts about 30 minutes, especially when you take very acid foods like yogurt, jam, juices or apples. If you then clean, you distribute the acid and rub it into the teeth. For this reason, many dentists now recommend using the toothbrush before breakfast. Because the minerals in the toothpaste make your teeth more resistant to the acid.
After the 30 minutes, you can then clean your teeth normally, but you will probably be on your way to work, to college or to school. Therefore, after the breakfast is recommended a sugar-free dental care gum to chew, which neutralizes the pH value?
At dinner, the question of the time is rather rare. Before you go to sleep, you should definitely use the toothbrush, since the bacteria otherwise have a lot of time to move out. Due to the reduced salivary flow at night, the protective functions of your body are diminished and the oral cavity is more susceptible to the colonization of bacteria.
Therefore, you should definitely go to the toothbrush immediately before going to bed.
The right cleaning technique
Since we were a small child, we were told that we should make rotating and circling movements when brushing teeth. This is in children synonymous in order, in the teenager age one should switch to the adult technique, thus the tooting “sweep away” or “wipe away”.
The right cleaning technique for adults is described by professional doctors as follows:
- The toothbrush must be applied obliquely to the teeth, approximately at a 45 ° angle
- The teeth should be cleaned with slight jogging movements to remove plaque. Important: Do not press too hard or scrub
- Then clean the tooth covering from the tooth to the tooth crown. A tooth crown is a part that protrudes from the gum, so you clean it from the bottom up.
- Consider a firm pattern when brushing your teeth, for example, on the outside, then inside. First upper, then lower jaw. So you get a certain routine and brushes with time intuitively
- Now you can clean the occlusal surfaces of the jaws, here you can also scrub
- To remove bacteria, you should clean your tongue gently with a tongue cleaner
- Cleaning the tooth spaces to which a toothbrush is difficult to reach. Ideal for this is an oral shower suitable, also a mouthwash can help
Regularly exchange toothbrush
Regularly exchange toothbrush after brushing teeth. A toothbrush has only a certain lifetime, dentists recommend to replace them after 2-3 months at the latest. You should change them even earlier if the bristles look frayed and lean to the side. When this time is reached, they do not clean properly anymore and you do not catch any food particles anymore. And this is not only true for traditional toothbrushes, but also for electric and ultrasonic toothbrushes, where you should regularly exchange the brush-on brushes.
Important: If you were ill and / or had an infection, you should change the brush immediately.
With a conventional toothbrush, you usually do not reach the interdental spaces sufficiently. An ultrasonic toothbrush is already much better suited for; also the oral shower is a very sensible supplement. The mouth rinse should nevertheless be used after each cleaning procedure. Alternatively, you can of course also use floss, but with it most do very difficult.
The mouth rinse ensures thorough rinsing of the interdental spaces and can prevent tooth decay. Caries is caused by plaque, that is, bacterial plaque, which is not sufficiently removed, which is the case in the interdental space. In addition, you can clean the entire oral cavity with the oral mud, so also tongue, palate walls or the gingival margin, which is why it is often preferred to the dental floss.
Tip: Mouthwash is especially helpful with fixed braces. This is because of the tooth interspaces – and the spaces between the braces – are only very difficult to achieve with a brush.
Important: Children should not use mouthwash before their 6th year of life because there is a risk that you may swallow the mouthwash instead of just flushing it. The swallowing is basically harmless but can lead to the formation of stains on growing teeth. From the age of six, they are considered to be so advanced that this can no longer happen.