What’s the Right Way to Brush My Teeth?
Invest in an electric toothbrush if possible – these will provide much more thorough cleaning! However, as long as you have a sturdy soft-bristled toothbrush, you should be set. Move your toothbrush in small, gentle circles, taking care to make sure the brush makes contact with your gums, but don’t brush too hard – this can actually damage your teeth and gums!
Remember to brush thoroughly and equitably, spending about 30 seconds on each quadrant of the mouth for a total of two minutes. Don’t forget to take care of your tongue, either! Brushing the tongue once you’re finished with the teeth – either with a toothbrush or tongue scraper, depending on your preference – will remove any extra food particles and eradicate the bacteria that cause bad breath.
How Often Should I Brush and Floss My Teeth?
Try to follow the 2/2 rule, which recommends brushing twice per day for two minutes each! It’s also advised to floss your teeth at least once a day. While brushing and flossing in between meals always helps – especially if you’ve consumed particularly acidic, sweet, and/or pigmented foods and beverages – be careful not to brush or floss with excessive force, as this can also put undue stress on your teeth and gums!