Brushing is the best way to get rid of the germs and bacteria, and an invisible sticky material called plaque from your teeth and gums. Getting the bad stuff off your teeth and gums in a timely manner prevents bacteria in the food you eat from turning into harmful, cavity-causing acids.
Here are some tips for brushing your teeth properly:
- Use a pea-sized dab of toothpaste on your brush and remember to spit it out when you’re finished brushing.
- Use a circular motion to brush only two or three teeth at a time, gradually covering your entire mouth.
- Place your toothbrush next to your teeth and tilt slightly up or down, gently brushing in a circular motion. Don’t brush your teeth by moving your toothbrush up and down.
- Brush everything inside your mouth, your teeth (front, back, sides and tops), gums and the roof of your mouth, and, most importantly, your tongue.
- Your tongue actually hides a lot of germs and bacteria on it that creep into your gums and teeth when you’re not looking, which also causes bad breath
Brush your teeth for about three minutes and remember to replace your brush when the bristles begin to spread because a worn toothbrush will not properly clean your teeth.