Your mouth is home to millions of bacteria. Since the digestion process starts here, you would expect this about bacteria. However, after you have chewed and swallowed food, some particles remain embedded between teeth. These combine with bacteria to form plaque, the main cause of gum disease, gingivitis and cavities. Unless you take action to clean your mouth on a daily basis, you stand a high risk of dental illness. For this reason, you should brush your teeth everyday using a quality toothbrush and toothpaste.
Brushing to clean teeth and remove plaque
When you brush, the bristles help spread toothpaste over the surface of your teeth. They also scrub and remove plaque. Dentists recommend that you brush at least two times daily. The first time is in the morning while the second is at night before you go to bed. Choose the right size of toothbrush that fits perfectly into your mouth. It should also be able to reach the teeth situated at the back of your mouth with ease. As for the toothpaste, it should contain fluoride. After brushing, pick a dental floss and clean areas between your teeth where the brush was unable to reach.
Teeth brushing dynamics
Brushing your teeth follows a very simple technique. Squeeze some toothpaste on top of your brush. The amount should be neither too much nor too little. Brush using short strokes. Ensure that the brush is at an angle of 45 degrees in comparison to the gums. Brush both the outer and inner surfaces of your teeth. Do not forget the chewing surface. You need to brush the tongue too.
Take a reasonable length of dental floss. Tie it round your middle fingers on both the left and right hands respectively and tighten. Rub the floss gently between all your teeth. Conform it to the shape of every tooth and rub it using an up and down motion. Keep repeating this action until you have flossed all teeth. You can rinse your mouth with water at the end of the exercise.
It important to make at least 1-2 trips to the dentist yearly. It is important for a doctor to examine your teeth. Such visits also help in noticing the occurrence of possible illness and early treatment thereof. Dentists also provide useful advice that will go a long way towards maintaining healthy teeth. You can also use the visit to ask questions and raise any queries that you have.
Taking care of your teeth is something you will do all your life. Once you get used to it, the rest is easy. It registers in your subconscious and becomes part of your daily routine.