Toothbrushing Mistake No.5 “Not Brushing Correctly”
November 14th, 2013
Not brushing correctly is a common mistake for most people. Brushing for the recommended frequency and duration is good but it won’t work unless you are doing it properly. So are there routines to follow when it comes to brushing the teeth?
When cleaning your teeth, there is a certain checklist which needs to be completed. All teeth including gums, tongue, and other parts of the mouth should be cleaned, not just the teeth. First, wet your brush and squeeze a pea-sized amount of toothpaste on it.
Gently brush your teeth in a circular or vertical motion but make sure not to brush across your teeth. Then, clean each tooth by working your way around your mouth. It’s easier if you can divide your mouth into four quadrants so you can evenly spend 30 seconds for each of the quadrant.
When brushing your molars, position the brush perpendicular to your teeth so the bristles will be on top of your bottom molars. You can move the brush from the back of your mouth to the front in an in-and-out motion.
Next, brush the inner surfaces of your teeth including the insides of the lower front teeth and upper front teeth. After making sure all of the teeth are brushed, gently brush your tongue. After doing so, rinse your mouth to prevent ingesting the fluoride. You also need to rinse your toothbrush after brushing and have it dry before storing it to prevent bacteria build up.
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