4 Tips to Brush Your Teeth

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We all know that brushing our teeth is important, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that we are doing it properly. One of the hardest things about brushing our teeth is that we have little to no idea if we are doing it properly until we go to the dentist and find a nasty surprise on the other side. Because of this I decided to write a few quick tips to remember when brushing your teeth.

Brush the right amount

Brushing at least twice a day is the ideal situation, of course you may have heard this before, but when exactly are the best times to do this? It is best to brush before you go to sleep, as you are inactive for a long time when you sleep and this is where the most bacteria and plaque will build up. You can choose another time during the day, but generally a good time would be after lunch or in the mid afternoon, so that you have a good gap between when you brush.

The right duration

Ideally, you should brush for at least two minutes and in many cases more. It is important to focus on problem areas and to cover all the surfaces of the teeth that are possible to reach. Don’t just wait for the two minutes and stop, ensure that you are brushing effectively!

Don’t spit

One of the most common mistakes is to spit out all the toothpaste as you are brushing and the reason that this is a bad idea is that toothpaste contains fluoride. When you spit the toothpaste out you are not allowing your teeth to be in contact with the fluoride and are not getting the enamel strengthening benefits of it. Of course it may not be comfortable to spit at all, so if necessary you can spit a little bit of toothpaste out.

Rinse at the end

As we talked about above it is best not to spit all the toothpaste out when brushing, but this also goes for rinsing your mouth and the toothbrush itself. You should only ever rinse your mouth and toothbrush at the very end and again you need to keep as much fluoride in contact with the teeth as possible to ensure that you are reaping the benefits of it.

About the dentist

Keppel Advanced Dentistry is a Sutton dentist with a focus on helping you to improve your oral health.

020 3393 5408

I Cedar Rd
Sutton
Surrey
SM2 5DA

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