Despite brushing your teeth, the recommended daily amount, you can still run into dental problems. A lot of people do not realise there is a right way and a wrong way to brush your teeth. Diligent oral care can backfire on you if you are not brushing your teeth and looking after your gums properly. Poor brushing habits can lead to an increased risk of issues such as gum disease and teeth sensitivity.
Tips to improve your brushing technique
1. Select the correct toothbrush
A toothbrush with soft bristles will help avoid damage to both your teeth and gums. Also, make sure the toothbrush is the right size for your mouth, so you do not miss those awkward, hard-to-reach places. An electric toothbrush is ideal compared to a manual one as bristles rotate or vibrate to cover all the areas of your teeth, cleaning away any plaque.
2. Slow down
You should be spending at least two minutes, twice a day, to properly brush your teeth and many adults are not even close to brushing for that long. If you do not have a stopwatch, consider setting the timer on your phone to make sure you are brushing for the recommended time frame.
3. Be gentle
It seems to make sense that the harder you brush your teeth the cleaner they will be, but that is not the case. Vigorous brushing will harm your teeth and gums. Use a gentle touch to avoid causing damage to your gums and teeth enamel. If you cannot seem to get this right, it's worth investing in an electric toothbrush like the Sonisk Pulse toothbrush so you can apply a light pressure that will buff each tooth with the rotations of the bristles.
4. Change your toothbrush
It is hard to remember to replace your toothbrush regularly unless you can feel the frayed bristles; these can cause damage. Make sure you get a new toothbrush every 3-4 months. For the best results from an electric toothbrush, it is recommended that you change the brush heads like the Sonisk Pulse toothbrush heads every 8-12 weeks to maintain a high standard of oral hygiene.
5. Improve your technique
The best technique for brushing your teeth is to move your toothbrush in a circular motion and brush away from the gums. That is one of the many benefits of using an electric toothbrush, it does this motion for you.
6. Do not brush right after eating
It is best to wait at least 15-20 minutes after eating to then brush your teeth. This is to let your saliva remove the sugars and acids from your teeth without you forcing it.
7. Brush all the surfaces
Remember to use all your 2-minute allocation to brush the front, back, top and bottom of all the surfaces. If you feel you have covered all the teeth and you still have time remaining, go over them again to be sure.