- Choose the right toothbrush: Choose that brush whose bristles are not much harder nor much softer but easily can be hold in hand and helps you to get to the hard-to-reach places of your mouth. Things to remember that the hard brush should not harm your gum. However electronic brush is also safe to use. It reaches all the hard to reach area and clean all the plaque. This brush is safer and reliable for those who has arthritis on hand, elbow/ shoulder and people who can’t clean their teeth by moving their hand properly. Currently scientists are recommending this brush.
- Brushing duration? Brushing two times a day is essential and three times is better according to scientist. Two minutes is enough for brushing. The inner part of mouth can be divided into four parts such as right side upper and lower part and left side upper and lower part. Each part can be cleaned for 30 seconds. Some people brush longer while watching television or gossiping which causes abrasion of tooth enamel and gums. Vigorous brushing can wear down the enamel on the teeth as well as damage and push back the gums, exposing the sensitive root area. It also causes tooth sensitivity while putting cold water or tea. In this case a special type of toothpaste and dental filing is needed.
- Don’t over brush and too hard: People think that over brush and hard brush clean the tooth quickly and looks whiter. But the fact is not like that. It can wear down enamel and cause the dentin to be exposed. It can also cause recession of the gums (the gum tissue pulls away from the teeth). So thoroughly clean all parts of your teeth and mouth.
- Follow the right technique: According to dentist a horizontal brushing motion, with the toothbrush held like a pencil at a 45 degree angle, is the best way to get to dental plaque. You should just set your toothbrush over your teeth and wiggle it so it gets in between the gaps, repeating this method for each set of teeth in your mouth.
- Change the brushing style sometime: do you start brushing from the same place? Most of us do like that. Instead of doing the same we start brushing from different side daily. Its helps a lot. Such as you can start you’re brushing today from inner side instead of upper side and end brushing at the front side. It can change our daily habit.
- Which type of toothpaste you should use? Several time we use the toothpaste by following the advertisement on television and radio which shows that it will make tooth much whiter and decrease the sensitivity. But what is the reality? Ask your dentist. Longer use of Sensitive toothpaste cause much harm. Best thing is to use those toothpaste which contains fluoride but coal or powder is not good.
- Drinking too much soft drinks harmful for tooth: many types of soft drinks, diet soda or chocolate and even healthy fruit juice and coffee also causes dental caries and potential enamel erosion. After drinking these we should brush immediately.
- Keep your brush clean: Do you clean your brush properly after brushing? The brush need to be properly clean and dry because the plaque remain on the brush after brushing and you will brush with that filthy brush on the next morning. So, after brushing clean your brush with antiseptic and dry it. It will keep your tooth healthy.
- Never keep your toothbrush in washroom: most of us keep the toothbrush open in the washroom which is not good at all. Brush should be kept in a container otherwise it will get germ attack. It also spreads germs. Keep the brush in dry place because microorganisms grows quickly in wet brush.
10. How long to use same brush? According to American association, using toothbrushes for 3 to 4 months is safe. When the bristles become frayed and worn, replace the brush as frayed and worn brush can’t clean plaque properly.