Do you really know how to brush your teeth?
Do you know that there are different methods of brushing?
How long are you supposed to brush your teeth?
And should you brush your teeth before or after breakfast?
If you thought you know how to brush your teeth, read about the different methods of brushing and see if you are brushing correctly or not.
Knowing How to Brush Your Teeth, When and For How Long
There are many different methods of effectively brushing your teeth. As for whether you should brush before or after breakfast, most research studies say that it is up to you. However, brushing before breakfast is better as it removes the plaque that forms in the mouth when you are sleeping (even if you brushed before going to bed).
In case that is not convenient, you should brush your teeth only 30 minutes after eating as brushing immediately after a meal wears away the dental enamel.
As for the time, most dental research shows that people don’t brush for a long enough time.
Different Methods of Brushing
The Bass Method
This method works well with a particular Bass brush that is designed differently than a normal toothbrush. It has fewer and well spaced out bristles and have shorter handles. Using this technique of brushing you have to brush along the gum line, at an angle, and use small back and forth movements to brush your teeth more effectively and get at the plaque that forms between the gums and the teeth.
The Rolling Stroke
The rolling stroke is also called the sweep method. You need to place the bristles of the toothbrush at the gum line and then rotate it upwards to remove the plaque and debris that typically collects at the bottom of the teeth. When you brush the teeth at the top, you do the same, but move the brush downwards.
The Stillman Method
If you have gingivitis or are suffering from plaque, then this brushing technique is useful in removing the plaque. Hold the brush at a 45°angle and use short horizontal movements lightly across the teeth and gums. The brush should be partly on the teeth and partly on the gums.
The Charters Method
This is the preferred brushing technique for people who wear braces or use partial dentures and those who have recessed gums or those who have had periodontal surgery. After placing the brush at the end of the gums, the brush is then moved back and forth on both sides of the braces as well, to clean the teeth and clean under the braces as well.
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