Did you know that adequate tooth brushing can significantly boost your oral health?
Most people aren’t entirely aware of the importance of proper tooth brushing and may not give it the attention it deserves. This simple yet essential activity plays a critical role in maintaining oral health. Specialists estimate that over 70% of the population mechanically brushes their teeth without fully understanding the benefits it offers.
To achieve effective tooth brushing, it’s crucial to follow these steps:
Exterior Tooth Surface:
Place the brush horizontally and perform vertical movements, from the gum line to the tip, for both the lower and upper teeth.
Interior Tooth Surface:
Place the brush horizontally and sweep from the gum line outwards. Pay careful attention to bacterial plaque. Brush teeth and molars using circular movements. Bacteria also accumulate on the tongue, so it is important not to overlook it and brush it too. Some toothbrushes come equipped with a tongue cleaner on the reverse side.
Additionally, here are some recommendations for maintaining proper oral hygiene:
- Consider using toothbrushes with soft nylon bristles to avoid damaging your tooth enamel.
- Change your toothbrush every 3 months.
- Regularly use toothpaste, mouthwash, and dental floss.
- Brush for 2-3 minutes each time.
- Consult with your dentist or hygienist to determine the best toothpaste for your needs.
Everyone’s mouth is unique, with varying degrees of sensitivity. Therefore, it’s necessary to find a toothbrush that best suits our needs to avoid harming our mouth and to enhance our oral health:
Hard Bristle Toothbrush:
These have stronger and more rigid bristles. Recommended for individuals with healthy, robust, and well-cared-for teeth, as they can withstand the firmness of the brush. Be mindful not to apply excessive force while brushing as it could damage the enamel.
Medium Bristle Toothbrush:
Ideal for individuals with good oral health but who may find hard bristles uncomfortable.
Soft Bristle Toothbrush:
Recommended for individuals with sensitive teeth or those who have recently undergone dental surgery. Hard and medium bristle toothbrushes could potentially harm the enamel and gums.
Understanding these factors, we can choose a toothbrush that suits our sensitivity and specific needs:
This is the commonly used toothbrush featuring 3 to 4 rows of synthetic fibre bristles.
Periodontal (Sulcular or Crevicular) Toothbrush:
Composed of two strips of bristles. It’s used in cases of gum inflammation and recommended for children with fixed orthodontics.
Electric toothbrushes offer various movements such as alternating, oscillating, or vertical vibrating. Its effectiveness matches that of a conventional brush.
Ideal for individuals who have larger spaces between their teeth.
Schedule your appointment with us and entrust your oral health to Dr Asensio’s team, experts in health and dental aesthetics, for the best advice on tooth brushing at Asensio Advanced Dentistry.
We’re always ready to answer all your questions and assist you in every possible way to ensure you maintain a healthy smile without any worries.
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