BrushingBasics of brushing teeth
Frequently Asked Questions
Brushing your teeth, an essential part of oral hygiene, involves using a toothbrush and toothpaste to get rid of food debris and plaque from your teeth and gums.
- Apply toothpaste and wet your toothbrush.-apply toothpaste in a pea-sized amount to the wet toothbrush bristles while still damp.
- Grab your toothbrush-with the bristles of your toothbrush pointed toward your gums, hold it at a 45-degree angle to your teeth.
- Brush all inner surfaces-brush the chewing surfaces of your molars and premolars by tilting the brush vertically and using gentle up-and-down motions.
- Brush your tongue-brush your tongue lightly with the bristles of your toothbrush to eliminate bacteria and freshen your breath.
- Rinse and spit-after spitting the toothpaste into the sink, properly rinse your mouth with water.
Here are a few potential outcomes:
- Teeth sensitivity-Too much cleaning might damage your teeth’s enamel and make them sensitive.
- Recessed gums-Additionally, excessive brushing might cause your gums to recede, exposing the tooth root.
- Bruising and irritation-Too forceful brushing motion might irritate the gums and make them bleed.
- Toothbrush abrasion-Too aggressive a brushing motion might irritate the gums and make them bleed.
- less effect-Your toothbrush may also become less effective due to overuse.
Some common warning signs and symptoms of bad brushing habits are
- Sensitivity of the teeth, particularly to hot or cold temperatures.
- Discomfort or pain while eating or drinking.
- Teeth with prominent craters or holes
- Bad breath