June 29, 2017

Could Better Brushing Techniques Help Whiten Your Teeth?

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Well no, probably not, but better brushing techniques will help remove some of the surface stains from your teeth, and will ensure your teeth and gums stay healthy. This means you’ll be able to whiten your teeth safely and comfortably, and even better you’ll be helping your teeth last a lifetime.

Why Is It Important to Brush Twice a Day?
You’re probably already aware of the need to brush twice a day, and to floss once a day. This can seem like a hassle, especially if you’re busy or tired, but a simple oral hygiene routine only takes a few minutes each day and could save you a lot of money and pain in the future. The whole reason for brushing your teeth is to remove the bacteria that build up throughout the day. These are the plaque bacteria that form a sticky layer of it your teeth, and if you’ve had a particularly long hard day you may even be able to scrape this layer off with a fingernail. It’s important to remove these bacteria as they feed off the leftover particles of food in your mouth, and they’ll reward you for feeding them through producing strong acid that eats away at your teeth and irritates your gums.

It’s All down to Your Brushing Technique
Brushing correctly will ensure these bacteria are removed, and that they have less time in contact with your teeth and gums. Most of us learn to brush our teeth as children, and probably haven’t thought much about the process since then. However better brushing techniques help you make the most of the time spent cleaning your teeth. Next time you clean your teeth pay attention to the way you do it, and make sure you’re cleaning all the outer surfaces, the chewing surfaces and the inner surfaces of all your teeth.

One way to make sure you don’t miss out any teeth is to think of your mouth as being split into four separate sections, and you need to spend approximately 30 seconds on each section. You don’t need to brush very hard, and small circular motions tend to work best. When cleaning your teeth put the toothbrush is a 45° angle as this will enable the bristles to reach right down to the base of your tooth, and to just below the gums as these are prime areas where plaque bacteria like to congregate.

If you use an electric toothbrush then it probably already alerts you every time 30 seconds have passed so you know exactly when to move on to the next quarter or section of your mouth. If you prefer to use a manual brush, then you might want to place a small clock or timer in your bathroom, as it is surprisingly easy to overestimate the time spent brushing your teeth.

Electric or Manual?
It’s entirely down to you as to whether you want to invest in an electric toothbrush, or if you feel happier with a manual toothbrush. Both can do just as good a job when used properly, as it’s all down to technique. Electric toothbrushes can be useful as they do contain a number of other features such as the built-in timer, and they are particularly good for anyone with limited manual dexterity who could find it difficult to reach right to the back of the mouth. Otherwise a manual toothbrush is just as good. When choosing your brush look for one that doesn’t have hard bristles, as ideally you want to use a brush that has medium to soft bristles that won’t damage your teeth and gums.

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