Brushing is an essential part of your oral health routine, but consistency
isn’t always enough to make brushing effective. Like any routine,
brushing your teeth is susceptible to “bad habits,” which
can lead to serious dental problems. To make sure you’re brushing
correctly, follow these simple tricks to improve your oral hygiene routine:
Dentists typically recommend spending at least two minutes brushing your
teeth twice daily. To make sure you’re giving all of your teeth
the care they need, divide your mouth into quarters and spend equal time
(about 30 seconds) brushing each section.
Use a Timer
Two minutes doesn’t sound like much time, does it? You might be
surprised at how much (or little) time you actually spend on your teeth.
To ensure you’re spending enough time brushing, set a two-minute
timer the next time you brush.
Use a Soft-Bristle Brush
Compared to stiffer brushes, soft bristles improve brushing because they
easily clean beneath the gums and between teeth. In fact, brushes with
stiffer bristles can damage tooth enamel over time and may hurt your gums.
Replace Your Toothbrush
Toothbrushes have a life expectancy. Generally speaking, it’s best
to replace your brush once every three months. Older brushes with frayed
bristles are less effective and may not provide the care teeth and gums need.
Talk to Your Dentist
Experts suggest a variety of brushing techniques, from brushing in a circular
motion to moving the brush back and forth. Simply ask your dentist for
a recommendation if you are concerned that your brushing technique needs
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