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Brushing Techniques for Healthier Gums


By: Gynn Flores


Tooth BrushingBrushing your teeth the proper way is very important for good hygiene. The main goal is to remove plaque and build up on your teeth to prevent bad breath and tooth decay.  At a very young age, we are taught to do this starting at home by our parents, in toddler and kindergarten school and even in grade school by our teachers. Sad to say, most of us really do not do it properly still even as adults. It only takes at least two minutes and twice daily and you are assured of clean teeth and healthier gums. Here is the proper way of brushing your teeth:

  1. Choose a good toothbrush. Not too soft and not too hard bristles as well- as it might be too harsh for your gums. Rinse and clean thoroughly before using it.
  2. Use a tooth paste of your choice. You should like its taste to like brushing all the more. You can consult a dental practitioner if you need to use prescription toothpaste as it contains more fluoride than your ordinary toothpaste and also has sensitivity protection.
  3. Rinse your mouth thoroughly by gargling water.
  4. Put toothpaste on your toothbrush enough to fill the length of the bristles.

  5. Start with the back teeth first both the lower and upper teeth. Position the toothbrush in 45 degrees angle to the gum line. Make small tooth size circular motion around the teeth reaching up to the gum line as this is where plaques are formed. Do not make back and forth movement as this might be too strong for the gums and can cause it to bleed. Make sure you reach every side of every tooth. Do the same all the way around and so with the inside of the teeth.
  6. On the chewing surface of the teeth, you can make a back and forth movement. Your aim is to remove plaque and build up here as this is where food is being chewed and broken down into small pieces. Do the same for the left and the right surfaces.
  7. On the interior teeth, use the tip of the toothbrush to do the same small tooth size circular motion still at a 45 degree angle to the gum line. So the toothbrush here is positioned vertically. Do the same on the interior teeth of the upper arch.
  8. After the entire two minutes of brushing, you can now rinse your teeth and mouth with water. Gargle for a few times until you are sure all the toothpaste and removed plaques are washed away.

Plaques and build up causes bad breath and cavities that can ruin good grooming. This will slowly weaken and destroy your teeth. Brushing regularly and thoroughly can prevent this from happening. It is also important to brush your teeth properly as per the technique given above particularly the strokes to also care for your gums. There are soft and tender tissues in the gums that when brushed vigorously can get ruptured – making them prone to infections. If you prefer to brush your teeth more often, then feel free to do so. Just be gentle. Using mouthwash after you brush is also an option to have fresher breath. This adds to your confidence especially if you have to talk face to face with people. You can also be confident to get extra close to your special someone when you know you have fresh breath.

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