Dental Hygiene Tips & Tricks

How to Brush Your Teeth The “Switch” Way

Brushing your teeth is such a simple and basic activity. It’s something that’s ingrained into our morning and evening routines, and something we’ve been taught to do from a very young age. Because of this it’s natural that we forget the importance of this simple routine.

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Does it matter what type of brush I use?

The ideal tooth brush should be:

  1. One with soft bristles. This will remove plaque from around the teeth without damaging the gums.
  2. Easy for someone to grip. Small handles can be challenging to use for some people.
  3. The appropriate size. For example there are ones with smaller heads that are designed for children.

Are electric tooth brushes better than manual?

They definitely make it easier. They have a large handle and they do most of the motion for you. However a manual toothbrush can be just as effective for those who use it the right way.

So what’s the right way to brush?

A chap by the name of Dr. Bass invented a technique many years ago to brush his teeth. It was so good that we still use this technique today.

  1. Angle: the tooth brush at 45° towards where the teeth rise up out of the gums. This means the bristles can go in between the teeth and get the bugs there.
  2. Motion: this is small vibrating “micro-movements”. This makes it less likely to miss anything and puts minimal pressure on the teeth.
  3. Time: 5 seconds per tooth, working systematically one tooth at a time. The whole process should take 2 minutes.
  4. Frequency: At least twice a day. After every meal is even better!

Do I need to floss as well?

What many don’t realise is that brushing cleans only about 60% of the teeth. It’s like vacuuming the house without moving the furniture. Cavities can form in the hard to reach places in between the teeth. Flossing once a day will keep these areas clean.

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