Since you’ve been brushing your teeth now for several years, you may be surprised to learn that you may not know how to clean your own teeth well enough to prevent serious decay or damage. If you don’t brush correctly you can actually run the risk of stripping the enamel from your teeth, which can result in permanent damage.
The Wrong Way to Brush
If you’re like most people, you probably brush using a back and forth motion, until your teeth feel slippery and smooth. If you use this technique, brushing fast and hard, then you’re actually scrubbing away essential tooth enamel. This type of back and forth motion is actually very abrasive to the gums and teeth and can cause premature aging.
Using this basic method will also put you at risk of removing the enamel from your teeth, which is probably why you find it uncomfortable to drink hot or cold beverages.
Not only does this method damage your enamel, but it’s also not a very effective way to clean your teeth.
Because the bristles are moving back and forth, they’re basically just bouncing from one tooth to the next and missing those importance spaces between each tooth.
The spaces between the teeth must be kept clean in order to prevent gum disease and cavities. When you brush using a back and forth motion, the bristles will not find their way into these spaces to remove tiny particles of food and plaque. Basically, this means you’re missing the entire goal of brushing.
How to Brush Your Teeth Correctly
Brushing your teeth using the proper technique is actually very easy. However, considering you’ve probably been brushing your teeth using that same sawing back and forth motion for years, it can take some getting used to. Try brushing your teeth using your non-dominant hand. This can actually help you to relearn the habit.
To start brushing your teeth the right way, place the brush over your teeth and firmly wiggle it back and forth. Make sure the bristles are covering each tooth and working their way around to the sides of each tooth. Doing this allows the bristles to make their way into the spaces between the teeth, ensuring that all of the plaque and food particles are removed.
Once you have finished brushing the upper portion of your teeth, move to the lower portion, repeating the same process. Wiggle the brush and make sure the bristles get between the teeth.