Brush with Intention: How to Brush Your Teeth
When it comes to brushing your teeth, there are only a few hard and fast rules. People should brush their teeth using a soft bristled toothbrush for at least two minutes, twice a day. They should also refrain from brushing immediately after eating or drinking anything acidic, as this causes the enamel to be more vulnerable to wear over time and lead to duller and yellowing teeth.
Many people still find these rules tough to follow and stick to a consistent regime. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to brush your teeth properly.
- Place the toothbrush head against the tooth at a 45-degree angle and brush gently using small circular motions.
- After around 20 strokes, roll or flick the toothbrush in order to move plaque away from the gum line and towards the biting edge of the tooth.
- Repeat steps 1 and 2 for every tooth, checking that all outer tooth surfaces and gum lines are cleaned.
- Next, focus in on the front teeth and gently brush the inner surface of each tooth found here before rolling or flicking the toothbrush towards the biting edge of these teeth.
- Move onto the biting teeth and gently brush the flat surface back and forth.
- Repeat step five but this time applied to the chewing teeth.
- Finally, gently but firmly brush the tongue in order to remove bacteria and spit out.