Brushing your teeth is an everyday task that you do all the time (hopefully) two times per day! However, that doesn’t mean that you are brushing your teeth in the most optimal way. While the way you brush your teeth might not seem that important to you, there is a way that you can brush that is the best way to brush your teeth.

When it comes to brushing your teeth, certain techniques are more effective at removing plaque than others while still being able to preserve your oral health the best way possible. Here are some tips to follow to ensure that you are getting the most benefits every time you go to the bathroom and brush your teeth in the morning or at night.

Pick the Right Toothbrush

Many individuals mistakenly believe that the best way to remove any plaque and tartar from your teeth is to go with a hard-bristled brush. However, the best option to maintain your oral health is to choose a brush with soft bristles. This is because the softer bristles are able to get into the nooks and crannies of your teeth and gum line because the bristles are flexible. They are better able to reach into tight spaces where plaque and tartar like to build up.

Other than going for a toothbrush with softer bristles, you should also keep the following in mind when buying a new toothbrush:

  • Look for a toothbrush that has the American Dental Association seal of approval.
  • Be sure that the head size is right for your mouth. You should be able to easily reach the front, back and top of every tooth, including the molars at the very back. If your brush doesn’t fit, then get one that has a smaller head.
  • Be sure that you can grip the handle firmly and comfortably in your hand so that you can completely control the brush’s movements while you brush.

Brush Using the Right Technique

There are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to brushing your teeth properly with the right technique:

  • You should be holding your toothbrush at about a 45-degree angle to your teeth and gums.
  • Brush every one of your teeth individually. You can target the outer and inner parts of the tooth as well as the chewing surfaces. Use small, circular, up and down motions instead of sweeping motions going back and forth.
  • Use gentle force. Brushing with lots of pressure will not remove plaque any better than using some gentle pressure. In fact, this can actually harm your gums. When it comes to brushing your teeth, there is no need to use brute force.

Brush the Right Amount of Times Per Day

The number of times that you brush every day and the number of minutes that you spend doing so can make a world of difference for your oral health. Brush your teeth at least twice per day, and be sure that every brushing session goes on for at least two minutes.

Our dentist at Cygnet Dental will take care of all of your dental needs. We want to help you show off your beautiful smile, and whether you need orthodontics or teeth whitening, we can help, so if you are in Grande Prairie, give our dental office a call today!