It’s one of those things we do so often, we rarely think about it anymore. Even so, most of us are doing it wrong. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), subpar tooth brushing technique is partly to blame for the nation’s poor oral health. What the problem? Here’s a brief list from dental professionals.
In addition to eliminating odors, brushing helps remove dental plaque, which is the primary cause of tooth decay and gum disease. This plaque accumulates along the gumline and can be safely removed with a few seconds of vigorous brush. But if you use the wrong toothbrush, particularly one that is too big, you will not be able to clean those hard-to-reach places.
Some toothbrushes have straight bristles and others have angled ones. Experts recommend trying both types out to see which works best with your brushing technique. It is also important to note that bristles should be stiff enough to remove dental plaque, but not so still stiff that they irritate the gums.
When it comes to cleaning the teeth, nothing can compare with brushing; not flossing or gargling (mouthwash). The only problem is most of us don’t brush long enough. According to the ADA, all adults should brush for at least two minutes each session, which for times more than the 30 seconds the average adult devotes to the task.