How is it possible that being an adult I don’t know how to use the toothbrush correctly?
Well, before knowing the following data, I also thought the same!
Today, there are various practices in the use of the toothbrush that, without knowing it, can affect our teeth.
For example, I know many people who ignore that the back of the teeth should also be washed.
And it is something of concern, since dental diseases affect 3.9 billion people around the world, with untreated dental caries impacting almost half of the world’s population (44%).
Although, it is true that even if we use the toothbrush correctly that percentage will not drop to 3% or 4%, you can enjoy a healthier denture and you can avoid future complications if you follow the tips that I will present below.
How to wash your teeth correctly
The first recommendation is that you use fluoride toothpaste since that element is responsible for preventing tooth decay.
Although, in this blog, we are also transparent with our audience, and you should also be aware that excess fluoride in toothpaste can cause dental fluorosis.
Although this disease only occurs when there is a fairly noticeable excess of fluoride, it will be your consideration to use natural pastes or look for a brand that does not have fluoride.
Brush your teeth 2 minutes, 2 times a day.
Many people only wash some parts of the mouth, for example, they only focus on the front.
But this is one of the WORST HABITS talking about dental health.
To brush your teeth correctly, spend at least two minutes using the following technique.
30 seconds of brushing each section of your mouth (upper right, upper left, lower right and lower left), both in the morning and at night, and voila, make sure you have brushed 100% of your teeth and you will not have leftovers.
Now, I will not talk to you about how you should do EVERY movement, just make sure you brush in absolutely every tooth and the bristles pass between them.
Keep your toothbrush as clean as possible
Did you know…
That viruses and bacteria in your toothbrush can live for days, even weeks? And the consequences can be somewhat serious, such as illnesses, says Sharon Cooper, associate clinical professor at the University of Florida School of Dentistry.
The most dangerous comes when the gum tissue produces an injury or a canker sore, and bacteria can easily enter.
To avoid any incident, put it under the tap for quite some time, thus eliminating all the bacteria that may be in it.
Deep cleaning of dental brushes
Also, you can choose to buy a disinfectant to remove any trace of bacteria that may be present, which may even be present in new brushes, says Professor Sharon Cooper.
Save it correctly- import a lot
Normally, when we finish brushing our teeth (I include myself) we only leave our brush in a medicine cabinet or box, but this is not correct.
First, we must dry it and put it on a rack so that it can remain in an upright position, and look for it to be in a place where it can circulate even if it is a little air.
Do not share your toothbrush
A common mistake (of which I have also been a part) is to lend the toothbrush or use someone else’s.
It happened to me that I can’t find my brush and I ask my partner or a relative to lend me a brush.
And it was not until I had cavities and my dentist told me that a very common reason for these is the fact of sharing toothbrushes.
Do not do it, since in this process many bacteria are shared, and believe me that it is better to have bad breath until you get another toothbrush than to have cavities.
How often should I change my toothbrush?
The recommended time is 3-4 months.
However, if you were sick, change it without thinking, because that toothbrush will have many bacteria stored.
Another indicator that it is time to change your toothbrush is if the bristles are already frayed because if they are, they will not clean your teeth thoroughly.
Types of toothbrush
To conclude, let’s look at the 2 different types of toothbrushes.
There are two types of toothbrushes:
Manual And Electric
Choose what feels comfortable, there is no reason to choose a type above other. A manual toothbrush is portable and ready to use every time you need it. It makes no noise, and you will have complete control over the pressure it puts on your teeth and gums.
An electric toothbrush requires charging and is a bit more cumbersome to take along when travelling. However, the rotating movement of the bristles makes it easier to clean between.