Maintenance of oral hygiene is a simple but important component of one’s daily life. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that all individuals brush twice a day and floss daily. This helps protect from various dental conditions.
Brushing helps against:
The ADA recommendations for brushing teeth are as follows
Brush and toothpaste:
- Use a brush with soft bristles. Harder bristles can damage your teeth and gums.
- Replace your brush every three to four months.
- Use toothpaste with fluoride at levels recommended by the ADA.
- Store your brush upright, in a dry place to avoid the growth of microbes on them.
- There are different types of brushes available: manual and power brushes. Choose depending on what suits your mouth the best.
- Hold the brush at 45 degrees to your teeth.
- Clean all surfaces of your teeth: outer, inner, and chewing surfaces with a gentle back and forth movements. For the inner surface, you will have to invert your brush and move up and down.
- Remember to clean your tongue as the upper surface of your tongue harbors a large amount of bacteria.
- Do not apply too much force while brushing as this may damage your gums.
- After a meal, wait for 60 minutes before brushing.
- The total duration of brushing your teeth should be for two complete minutes each time. Brush at least twice daily.
- Brush Teeth – American Dental Association.
- Mistakes You Make Brushing Your Teeth – American Dental Association