Tooth Brushing 101
You only get one set of permanent teeth so take care of them. My mom drilled that into us when we were growing up. Brushing your teeth was a must and she’d know if my sisters or me just wet the toothbrush. Now, it’s an ingrained daily habit that I would never even consider not doing.
I’m passing these important habits down to my girls. Olivia is great with her teeth and brushes them day and night. With Bridget, I still have to pester. She wouldn’t do it if I don’t remind her and I’m hoping that will change!
Halloween is coming up and so are loads of sweets. Now’s the time to take stock of brushing habits to see if there’s any room for a improvement or get a quick dental refresher!
1. Get the tools. If you prefer a manual brush, consider picking up the Truly Radiant Extra White Manual Toothbrush. It’s the only manual brush that features a unique rotating head with elongated all-access bristles to clean away surface stains. Add in some Truly Radiant Rejuvenating Toothpaste and you are good to go!
2. Use the right technique. Experts say the best way to clean your teeth is to hold your brush at a 45 degree angle using short strokes and an up and down motion. It’s also recommended to brush for a minimum of two minutes in order to remove plaque and fight bad breath. Side note: I remember the preferred technique when I was a kid was a circular motion. I’m singing this song in my head, “Brush your teeth, Round and Round“. Anyone else remember that song?
3. Be gentle. Avoid brushing your teeth too hard. I tend to be a little too rough so I always have to remind myself to be gentle on my teeth.
4. Do the entire mouth. Make sure to brush the entire mouth including outer and inner tooth surfaces, back molars and your tongue! Your tongue is a popular spot for bacteria to hide.
5. Replace your toothbrush often. Take a look at how long you’ve had your current toothbrush. Are the bristles starting to separate or fray? If so, it’s time to change it up. A good guideline to follow is replacing it every three to four months.
Do you have any helpful brushing tips to add?