Softer is better
Picking the right tools for the job is the best start! A soft-bristled toothbrush is gentler on your teeth, and even though they may feel strong and hard, they do deserve (and need) a gentle brushing. Furious brushing can lead to damaged teeth and bleeding gums. Make sure you choose a toothbrush that properly fits the size and shape of your mouth, and don’t forget to replace your toothbrush every three to four months.
The correct angle
Once you’ve added your toothpaste to your toothbrush, start brushing by holding your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your teeth. Use short brushing strokes that enable you to brush each tooth individually. This process should take you about two to three minutes if you pay attention to every tooth.
The next step
Make sure you brush each tooth along both the front and the back and don’t forget the next step: the chewing surface of your teeth. For this, swap the angle of your toothbrush and, again, brush each tooth individually, working your way from the back to the front of your mouth. Don’t forget to rinse your mouth once you’re finished brushing.
To floss or not?
You might think that a good brushing is all you need, but removing food particles from between your teeth is also important. Using a good-quality type of floss - also known as dental tape - move it down and up between each tooth, to remove little bits of food that may have got stuck in-between your teeth. You should floss once a day, and it’s usually recommended that you do this at the end of the day, before going to bed.
Do I need mouthwash?
It can help you feel like your breath is minty fresh, but mouthwash isn’t as essential as you think. Unless your dentist particularly recommends it, you can usually skip the mouthwash step entirely.
All the good brushing and all the right flossing doesn’t mean you can skip your annual dental checkup. It’s something every member of the family should do, so book that dentist appointment straight away. We recommend:
- For babies: Your baby should visit the dentist for the first time, by the age of 1.
- For children: Young children should visit the dentist every six months for a checkup. If they experience a toothache or any other dental concerns, they should visit the dentist immediately.
- For adults: Adults should visit the dentist for a checkup at least once a year. Of course, if you have a toothache, or encounter any dental problems within a year, book your appointment and get your teeth seen to!
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