Toothbrush Hygiene and Etiquette

Toothbrush Hygiene and Etiquette

No one can argue the importance of dental cleaning. Even though people have been doing it their whole lives, they still don’t always do it right. Knowing correct toothbrush technique can make all the difference.

Proper brushing technique can reduce the tendency for cavities, gingivitis, and other such mouth-borne illnesses. Even brushing three minutes twice a day can make a profound impact. Four essential steps can help. Brush before bed and right in the morning using circular motions, while not applying too much pressure. Floss every day, usually before bed that way all food particles are removed. Limit junk food/soft drinks and visit the dentist every six months for exams and cleanings.

Caring for your mouth, teeth, and gums is very important. This begins and ends with the toothbrush. Do not share them, as this increases risk of infection. Thoroughly rinse brushes under warm/hot water and store upright. Don’t cover them or put them in closed containers, as this causes growth of bad microorganisms. It’s also important to replace toothbrushes every three months, as the bristles grow worn and frayed. That means effectiveness decreases.

Being in the know can make all the difference between a healthy mouth and someone who needs to see the dentist too often. The best way to brush is by holding it along the gum line at an angle and moving in a circular motion. Brush the inside of each tooth and all around. Brush the chewing surface and the backs of teeth with light, meticulous strokes. And do not forget to brush the surface of the tongue where bacteria can reside. Keeping the right hygiene and etiquette may just help when it matters most.

Electric toothbrushes have been shown to be more effective in plaque removal than manual toothbrushes. However it’s important to remember not to exert excessive pressure while using an electric toothbrush.

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