The 10 Step Tooth Brushing Routine You Didn’t Know You Were Missing
It seems so simple and most of us think we know how to do it, yet few of us really know how to brush our teeth. Before you rush to the bathroom and try to prove otherwise, read on, because these tips from Dr. Jacqueline Fulop-Goodling, a New York City based orthodontist and whitening specialist changed our lives!
10 Steps To Clean Teeth
Rinse. Prior to brushing, use a mouth rinse to remove most of the bacteria hiding out in the nooks and crannies of your mouth.
Choose the right toothbrush. While natural may seem best, natural bristles are actually bad for your teeth and gums since they often break off during brushing, injuring your gums and the enamel on your teeth. Instead, use a toothbrush with soft nylon bristles.
Have a plan. For consistency and efficiency (and to ensure you don’t miss any spots!), always start at your last back tooth on one side of your mouth and proceed to go around the arch to the other side. Once the front surface of the upper is completed, do the back surface in the same fashion. Then, do the tables of the teeth on the upper and lower from one side to the other too.
Brush at an angle. After toothpaste is applied, hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the surface of a tooth, away from the gum-line.
Be gentle. Unlike when scrubbing a pan, brushing hard doesn’t mean you’re doing a better job at cleaning your teeth. Rather, brushing hard causes the gums to recede and can also cause crevices or craters on the surface of the enamel. So, brush gently a circular motion. And remember: bacteria is initially soft anyway and once bacteria has hardened, a dental hygienist or dentist must remove it a professional cleaning anyway.
Take your time. Most people brush for 45 seconds, but 2-3 minutes is ideal! Need help keeping time? Most dentists’ offices have timers they’ll gladly give you!
Rinse again. Remove remaining toothpaste and bacteria by rinsing again.
Dip and clean. Using a rinse, like Listerine Antiseptic, dip your toothbrush frequently into it and then brushing your gums, tongue, cheeks and roof of your mouth to protect your gums from bacteria causing gingivitis.
Floss. We know, a lot of people hate flossing, but try one time using unflavored floss after you brush and then smell it and you’ll know why it’s so important to get rid of that bacteria that lodges between teeth and stay out of the toothbrush’s reach.
Rinse after flossing. You can see the clumps of bacteria come out in the sink…even after you brushed.