Brushing your teeth regularly is major key to maintaining healthy teeth and gums and preventing periodontal (gum) diseases, but it's also important to make sure you choose the right toothbrush for your teeth and use proper brushing techniques. It takes time to brush effectively; most people just rush through it. One suggestion is to set a timer for two minutes and brushing until the time runs out.
How to Choose a Toothbrush
Although some ancient civilizations used frayed twigs to clean their teeth, these days toothbrushes come in a variety of manual and powered forms. And the first step to taking good care of your mouth is to choose a toothbrush that's right for you.
Find a toothbrush that fits comfortably in your hand and mouth. If the brush is comfortable to use, you'll use it more often and more effectively.
Here are some other tips to keep in mind when choosing a toothbrush. You'll want to pick one that:
Once you've found an appropriate toothbrush for you, you need to brush your teeth the correct way in order to maintain good oral health and keep periodontal disease at bay.
How to Brush Your Teeth Effectively
The following tips can help you to get the most out of your daily brushing routine:
If you need additional help figuring out how best to brush your teeth, have your dentist/hygienist show you the proper method.
A toothbrush alone can’t do everything to maintain your oral health and your teeth. That’s because a toothbrush can’t get between your teeth. Only dental floss can do that, so remember to floss each day too, and see your dentist for regular checkups.