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Do You Know How To Brush Your Teeth Correctly?

How To Brush Your TeethWe all are convinced that we know everything about a proper dental care, about the most effective brushing, flossing, using other dental care and oral care products, doing visual examination of our teeth and understanding when it is the time to see our dental care specialist. However, according to the experts, only every one of four people on earth knows how to take care the teeth properly and correctly. Brushing teeth is an essential and key part of our daily dental care routine, and despite that fact that we’re doing this easy procedure for almost all our life, still not all of us can give a proper answer to the question, how to brush your teeth correctly. Brushing teeth is arguably the most effective approach to preventing serious dental disorders and diseases like gingivitis, gun disease, tooth loss and others. That is why learning correct brushing teeth is an essential and life saving skill for all modern people.

Along with daily flossing and visiting our dental care specialist every 6 months for regular check ups and professional dental cleaning, brushing is a primary element of our dental care which can work to provide us with excellent dental and overall health. If you want to master tooth brushing techniques and make sure that you know how to brush your teeth in the most effective way, you should keep in mind the following easy tips. First of all, you should use a proper tooth brush: any one with soft bristles in case if you have sensitive teeth or suffer from one or another dental problem like cavities, gum disease, etc., or a brush with medium or hard bristles if you have a good dental health, as well as correspondent tooth paste either for sensitive teeth or more harsh tooth paste for healthy teeth. It is recommended to change your tooth brush every three-four months, as well as it is preferable to change it after suffering form a flu or any other infectious disease of respiratory system.

Hold the brush at a 45-degree angle against the gumline and brush your teeth with short and quite gentle movements. At that, it is recommended brushing teeth starting from the hardest accessible teeth, molars, and ending up with the easily available front teeth. Specialists recommend cleaning the surfaces of your molars and premolars by using round sweeping motions, and the front part of the teeth can be cleaned with front and back motions by holding your brush almost horizontal position. In order to clean the inner surfaces of your teeth, you should hold the brush in an almost vertical position and do the brushing procedure gently using sequential up and down motions.  As many of you may know, it does not matter if you start brushing with the upper or with the lower teeth. After brushing your molars, come to brushing your incisors (or front teeth). You can do this the way you find the most comfortable, just be sure to use gentle and not harsh movements in order not to damage your gumline which can cause serious dental problems like gum disease, tooth loss, and others.

After you’re done with brushing teeth, you should never forget about brushing your tongue and the roof of your mouth which are home for millions of dental bacteria. Use special part of your brush (usually back side of it) specially designed for scrabbing the back of your tongue and clean it very well. The total time for a proper tooth brushing session should not be less than 3 minutes, and most of electronic tooth brushes have special timers to assist measuring this time period. It is possible to use external devices like a sand-watch or a piece of music lasting for about 3 minutes to help you brushing full 3 minute time. Brush your teeth at least two times a day: in the morning after having a breakfast and in the evening before the bedtime. To support your dental health in the day time, it is recommended to use floss and a special fluoride mouth rinses which are also very effective against dangerous dental bacteria.

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Brushing Right After Meal Can Be Harmful

Regular brushing our teeth is a vital and essential element of our daily dental care routine. Along with flossing, brushing should be done on a daily basis, preferably twice a day. Most of us know that brushing teeth after every meal is actually an ideal condition which can provide great oral hygiene and substantially lower the risks of having serious dental problems. For some people, this idea gets transformed into a notion that the more we brush, the better. However, more and more dentists are concerned about the situation and warn that brushing our teeth more than two times a day can be too much and actually cause more harm than good. Especially in cases when people tend to brush teeth right after meals.

Brushing teethDental specialists the Academy of General Dentistry say that brushing our teeth as soon as just a half an hour after having a meal can cause more harm than good to our dental health. It is especially valid to the situations when we had full meal with a great deal of highly acidic foods, as well as after having carbonated drinks or lemonade-like acidic drinks, hot drinks like coffee, etc. It is known that such foods and beverages cause acidic compounds staying in the enamel of our teeth, and sometimes even entering the lower layer, dentin. Brushing teeth too soon after having a meal (in 20-30 minutes) can cause serious effects and harm our teeth.

According to Dr Howard R. Gamble, DMD, an expert n general dentistry and the president of the Academy of General Dentistry, commented on the findings as the following: ‘With brushing, you could actually push the acid deeper into the enamel and the dentin.’ Thus, the specialist says that brushing right after consuming meals can lead to very fast and serious corrosion of teeth, de-mineralization and severe damage of enamel. Certainly, it is linked to soft tissue exposure to harmful bacteria, followed by increased risks of tooth decay, cavities, and even tooth loss. Dr. Gamble said that all the information was received after analyzing the information related to tooth brushing routine of a number of volunteers who were invited to participate in the experiment.

He said that during the experiment it became apparent that brushing teeth as soon as in 20 minutes after consuming acidic meals or beverages caused serious damage and could noticeably damage tooth enamel. ‘However, after intra-oral periods of 30 and 60 min, wear was not significantly higher than in unbrushed controls,’ he said. It is recommended to postpone brushing teeth after consuming any kind of meal for 30 minutes at least, and in order to restore balance, clean the teeth and lower the amounts of harmful bacteria, it is recommended to use mouthwash. In the absence of a good mouthwash at hand, specialists say, it can be good just rinse the mouth with a small amount of mineral water. For more information, talk to your dentist or any dental care specialist in your locality.