Brushing is a very effective technique for daily cleaning of your teeth and gums from plague and food particles. A toothbrush is the main instrument necessary for this procedure. It was invented in China more than a thousand years ago. Nowadays, several types of manual and automatic (electric, ultrasound, etc.) toothbrushes are available. Manual toothbrushes are empowered by a human hand and it is very easy to learn how to handle them. Automatic toothbrushes are empowered by electric motor that vibrates or uses sound waves to remove plague from your teeth and massage your gums.
Toothpaste is another ingredient essential for tooth brushing. There is a great variety of therapeutic and prophylactic toothpastes available in our pharmacies and drugstores, that is why it is necessary to develop a rational approach to selecting a good toothpaste. It is considered that fluoridated toothpaste must be used for your morning tooth brushing, and in the evening it is better to use herbal toothpaste which has a special therapeutic effect on your gums. Nevertheless, the best solution for those who are still confused about picking the right toothpaste is to consult their dental specialist.
Tips for brushing your teeth correctly
- Start your tooth brushing session with rinsing your mouth using a mouthwash or a rinsing solution.
- Wet your toothbrush with drinking water.
- Place a pea-size amount of the toothpaste on your toothbrush.
- Hold your toothbrush at about 45 degree angle against your gum line.
- Begin with brushing the outside of your teeth using slight sweeping or circular motions over the teeth and moving your toothbrush horizontally from one side of your jaws to another.
- Clean the backside of your cheek teeth by gentle scrubbing and moving your brush back and forth.
- Clean the chewing surface of your cheek teeth using slight short circular movements of your brush and moving the brush from one side of your jaw to another.
- Brush the inside of your front teeth on the upper and lower jaws moving your brush back and forth over the teeth.
- Gently scrub your tongue with the bristles or with the special surface on the backside of your toothbrush.
- Rinse your mouth with drinking water and be sure that no toothpaste is left in your mouth.