This might sound childish. But with messed up lives, pending tasks and screwed up personal lives. Busy and hectic schedules and long tiresome days, we tend to forget that personal hygiene is one of the most important factors in our lives, and that’s the reason I have got you this simple guide on how to brush teeth to get rid of those ugly yellow teeth and that irritating mouth odor.
All you need to do is follow these simple steps:
Use good toothbrush
It should be handy and hard enough to have an effective cleaning. Choose a toothbrush with soft nylon bristles. This must effectively remove plaque and debris from your teeth, without irritating the gums or eroding tooth enamel like hard-bristled brushes can do when used with sideways action. The toothbrush should also fit comfortably in your hand, and have a head small enough to easily reach all of your teeth, especially the ones at the back. If you have difficulty fitting the toothbrush into your mouth, it is probably too big.
Use fluoride toothpaste
Yes, it’s the whitening thing that we need. It not only helps remove plaque, but it also helps strengthen tooth enamel. It’s important to note that fluoride toothpaste is not to be swallowed, as ingesting too much can have serious health consequences. It should not be used for children under the age of three.
Use dental floss
This is simply the best way to prevent cavities. Flossing your teeth is just as important as brushing, as it removes built-up plaque, bacteria and food particles that get trapped between the teeth, which soft floppy toothbrush bristles can’t reach even when used with up/down natural motion. You should always floss before brushing your teeth so that any food or bacteria that comes loose during flossing doesn’t remain in your mouth.
Brush your tongue
After you’ve cleaned your teeth, use the bristles of your toothbrush to gently clean your tongue. (Don’t press too hard, or you’ll damage the tissue.) This helps keep bad breath away and gets rid of bacteria on your tongue.
Use small amount of toothpaste
You don’t have to eat it, you have to simply use it as any other cleaning agent, like a soap or handwash. Squeeze only a pea-sized amount of toothpaste onto your toothbrush. Applying too much toothpaste can cause over-sudsing, tempting you to spit and finish too early. Plus, it increases the risk of you ingesting more fluoride-filled toothpaste, which is very unhealthy.
Spend at least three minutes brushing
I know this one is a little difficult to follow, but do it if you want to have that picture-perfect smile.Brushing just a few teeth at a time, work your way around your mouth in a circle so that you get every tooth, spending about 12 to 15 seconds in each spot. If it helps, you can divide your mouth into quadrants: top left, top right, bottom left, and bottom right. If you spend 30 seconds in each quadrant, you’ll get a full two minutes of brushing time in.
Brush the inner surfaces of your teeth
Most important, and the most ignored one. Tip the toothbrush so that the head of the toothbrush is pointing towards your gum line, and brush each tooth. Dentists report that the most commonly skipped area is the inside of the lower front teeth, so be sure not to forget those! Check that your mouth is open wide enough by holding the teeth apart with two or three fingers of your other hand. This will allow the correct vertical angle to reach the edge of the gum.
Rinse out your mouth properly
If you choose to rinse after brushing, take a sip of water from a disposable cup, or cup your hands under the faucet. Swish it around your mouth, and spit it out.