The role of regular tooth brushing in preventing gum disease and cavities is widely accepted. While many people still have good intentions to floss (but more often than not forget) they will usually brush unquestioningly twice a day. But are they doing it effectively?
At our central London specialist dental practice, we are always pleased to advise our patients on the best at-home oral hygiene habits. Here are 8 tips on how to make the most of your brushing routine.
1. Brush in short horizontal movements
This helps to dislodge plaque at the gum margins.
2. Use a soft to medium textured toothbrush with densely packed synthetic filaments
If you are unsure about which brush to choose, ask one of our experts at our specialist dental practice in London’s Harley Street.
3. Brush for two minutes twice a day
Make sure one of those occasions is at bedtime.
4. Avoid exerting excessive pressure when tooth brushing
If you press too hard, you risk damaging the enamel – hold your toothbrush in a pen grip rather than in a fist. Removing plaque does not require a lot of force – be gentle!
5. Spit, don’t rinse
Swilling water around your mouth dilutes the effects of the fluoride.
6. Be thorough
Are you giving attention to each and every tooth in your mouth, front and back?
7. Start in a different spot each day
It is human nature to start with good intentions only to tire and cut corners as you near the end. If you ring the changes, it won’t just be one area of your mouth that receives full attention – or one that always gets neglected.
8. Think also about the health and hygiene of your brush
Allow it to air-dry as a moist brush is more prone to growing bacteria. And when your brush is starting to look tired, retire it to the bin as it will no longer be an effective tool.