Brush Your Teeth: Why and How?

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We all know the fact that we have to brush our teeth every day since we are children. But have you ever thought about the reason and how to brush exactly? If we don’t know, it’s likely that we are doing it wrong all the time. 

1.Brush your teeth

We all know that we brush our teeth to remove plaque from our teeth, which helps to prevent gum disease and tooth decay. Meyarn recommends that you brush your teeth twice or three times a day.
You can use an electric or a manual toothbrush with the correct brushing technique. If you do use a manual toothbrush, it’s nice to use the bamboo brush because it’s good for the environment. For children up to the age of eight, we recommend that parents supervise their brushing because they don’t have the correct manual dexterity to be able to brush their teeth correctly.

A plaque disclosing tablet can also help you find areas that you’re missing when you are brushing. It dies the areas of plaque in a certain color so you can brush them away to aid good brushing. Use a fluoride age-appropriate toothpaste. If you do brush your teeth, do it at least 30 minutes after eating or drinking.

2.Use a manual toothbrush

It’s completely fine. You can use a bamboo brush as well rather than the plastic ones. Electric toothbrushes can be a bit more efficient. But with a manual toothbrush, you can reach really good oral hygiene as well. As long as you’re using the correct technique.

3.How to correctly use a manual toothbrush?

We recommend that you use the bristles of your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the actual gum margin and then rotate the toothbrush so that you can remove all the debris around the tooth. Each tooth should be used properly for about five rotations to make sure that you do have time to catch all the debris.

First of all, we recommend that you do the outside surfaces of the teeth. Then go on to the bite surfaces and do the same thing in a rotational manner. Get the bristles of the toothbrush to go into all the nooks and crannies of all the teeth. And then the inside surfaces off the teeth. 

We would recommend that you spend 30 seconds per quadrant. A quadrant is all the way from your front teeth to the back teeth on say the upper right-hand side. Then the upper left-hand side, lower left, and then the lower right. So 30 seconds per quadrant would make it up to two minutes all together brushing your teeth.

4.Use an electric toothbrush

If you don’t brush your teeth correctly, there is a chance that you can have gum disease or decay. One of the ways that you can help yourself is by getting an electric toothbrush. They’re really efficient at brushing your teeth. It takes a lot of pressure away from you in terms of the technique of brushing your teeth as well. Because a lot of the movements are actually in the brush head.

Electric toothbrushes can be more efficient because they have pressure sensors, timers and paces to help you brush your teeth correctly. For example, you can break your mouth down into quadrants so that you can do each quadrant for 30 seconds and build up to four quadrants for two minutes.

5.How to correctly use an electric toothbrush?

An electric toothbrush has a small longer head. This means that most of the movements you need to do is actually within the toothbrush head.

When we come to brush the teeth, all we need to do is put the bristles of the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the teeth and you hold it next to the tooth. It will then do all the work for you like this.

You keep the toothbrush head on and brush each tooth for about three seconds. Move forward and keep your toothbrush head at the same angle to the outside of the teeth. Remember that you don’t need to put it in a circular motion. The head will do it all for you on the outside teeth and then you do the bite surfaces of the teeth. And then you do the inside surfaces of teeth. Remember to make sure it’s still at a 45-degree angle. It goes into those gum margins. Each takes three seconds all the way to the front and that is one quadrant done. You need to do all four quadrants totaling up to two minutes.

6.Replace a toothbrush or brush head

We recommend replacing your toothbrush heads or your manual toothbrushes every three months or sooner depending on the signs of wear on the toothbrush head. If you look at the bristles of your toothbrush and they are splayed out, worn out or disfigured, we recommend discarding that toothbrush head and having a new one.

Carrying on using your worn-out old toothbrush head can be dangerous for your teeth because it won’t give you the optimum clean and it can be really abrasive for your teeth as well. Be sure to replace your toothbrush head in a timely manner.

One way of reminding yourself could be to mark it on your calendar. So mark every three months on your calendar when to change your toothbrush head. Or you can get apps and reminders on your phone as well, which can tell you when to change them. Some toothbrush heads actually have a fading reminder bristle within the toothbrush head. Some actual toothbrush handles can track your brushing and tell you when it’s the right time to start changing your toothbrush head. Just be mindful of the environment when you’re getting rid of your toothbrush heads about plastics.

So it’s good for you to be vigilant to monitor and have a good look at your toothbrush head yourself. See if it’s fading, if the bristles are wearing and replace it at an appropriate time for you.

7.What happens if you don't brush your teeth?

Skipping one brushing session is not a major problem as long as you resume your normal brushing on the following days. 30% of Americans don’t brush their teeth two times a day. And 2% don’t even brush their teeth at all. If you continue not brushing your teeth, you’ll have a buildup of plaque, debris, food debris, calculus around your teeth, which will then lead to bleeding gums, tooth decay, bad breath and several other problems.

For the patients who haven’t been brushing their teeth for a few years, essentially in the end, they may end up losing their teeth. And they may have to go for dentures or implants.

8.Why is fluoride toothpaste good for the teeth?

Fluoride is a chemical that helps you strengthen your teeth. It’s got lots of benefits for helping you prevent tooth decay and help your teeth fight acid attacks and sugar attacks. You might see it in your toothpaste named Sodium Monofluorophosphate, Sodium Fluoride, or Stannous Fluoride. It’s in toothpaste because it can help to strengthen your teeth. Essentially fluoride is a chemical that integrates into the enamel structure of your teeth and helps you actually enamel become stronger.

Some people like to avoid fluoride because there are issues about health around it. But it’s still recommended by dentists that it is good for your teeth. There are different levels of fluoride recommended for adults and for children. Generally speaking, a pea-sized amount of adult toothpaste is fine for adults. There is dedicated toothpaste for children to use. But you can use an adult toothpaste with a tiny smear on the toothbrushes. You can go for any toothpaste you want to whether it’s expensive or cheap as long as it’s got fluoride in there.

It can be confusing. There are lots of different toothpaste on the market. There is a more environmentally friendly option to using your normal toothpaste – toothpaste tablets. You bite down on them, crush them between your teeth. The tablets mix with your saliva forming a paste and then you can brush your teeth with them as you would do normally.

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