Avoid Dental Problems By Upping Your Tooth Brushing Game
Think you know the best way to brush your teeth? Think again. These top tips will give you easy ideas to work into your daily dental hygiene routine.
Tens of millions of patients have not been able to receive NHS dental care in the UK since March, following the onset of Covid-19. The British Dental Association describes patient access as having ‘fallen off a cliff’ and warns of the implications of this lack of care. Whilst private dental practices are an alternative solution for those struggling to see their NHS dentist, there are also many ways that patients can help to improve their oral health. The best way to improve your dental hygiene is to concentrate on developing a proper teeth-brushing technique. Here are some tips you might not have tried before.
To Rinse or Not To Rinse
Brushing your teeth is usually followed with a vigorous swill of your mouth. However, rinsing with water can potentially undo all the great work you’ve just achieved from brushing. Your toothpaste contains fluoride which is included to strengthen your enamel, minimise the risk of decay and decrease any acid present on the teeth. An Essex dentist explains that if you rinse with water after brushing, then you could potentially be removing or at least reducing the amount of fluoride in your mouth.
Are You Brushing For Long Enough?
You should be brushing your teeth for two minutes, twice a day to achieve positive oral hygiene. However, a study has found that the average person only brushes for 45 seconds, which just isn’t long enough. By extending your tooth brushing session to the recommended two minutes, you can remove up to 26% more plaque in your mouth. So, brush for longer to ultimately reduce the chances of you developing gum disease.
Change It Up
How often are you changing your toothbrush? Around 10 million bacteria can be present on your toothbrush bristles at any one time. To promote positive oral hygiene, it is recommended that you change your toothbrush, or the head of your electric brush, at least every 2-3 months. Many people don’t manage to do so more than twice a year, which can significantly impact their chances of maintaining a good level of oral care.
Don’t Forget To Floss
We all know that flossing should be part of your daily brushing routine, but did you know that the best time to floss is before you brush? This way anything that you dislodge will be brushed away easily when you run your toothbrush over your teeth. If you’re tempted to floss after brushing to get to those areas which are harder to clean, then switch your routine around for improved results.
Brush Before Breakfast
This final point is quite hard to digest! Instead of brushing after you’ve had your breakfast, it’s better to hit the bathroom before you guzzle down your morning toast and cereal. Why? Bacteria can form overnight when you’re sleeping. So if you eat before brushing, then effectively you’ll end up consuming that bacteria along with your food.
If you’d like to improve your brushing technique, then it’s time to work these points into your daily routine. Remember though, that the most important thing is to stick to a regular twice a day schedule.