tips for better brushing

5 Tips For Better Brushing

We’re all more than aware of the importance of brushing our teeth twice a day. It’s crucial for maintaining a healthy smile and good oral hygiene. There are, however, lots of little things we can do to make our brushing more effective. So, in this post we’re going to outline 5 tips for better brushing…
 

5 Tips For Better Brushing

 

01. Opt for an Electric Toothbrush

Many people find a powered toothbrush not only more convenient, but easier to achieve a more thorough clean. Research has shown that they are more thorough at removing plaque than manual brushes. Dr Wilkinson from The Courtyard Clinic recommends the Oral B iO series.
 

02. Regularly Change Your Heads/Brush

Whether you opt for a manual or electric brush, it’s important to change the brush or the head every two to three months. If the bristles become worn and splayed, change the brush (or head) sooner. This is because when the ends are splayed, they do not clean the teeth properly. 
 

03. Gently Brush, Don’t Scrub

Unlike other sorts of cleaning, harder scrubbing isn’t better. In fact, applying lots of pressure doesn’t remove the plaque any more thoroughly and can just lead to discomfort. Applying gentle pressure is all that is needed as plaque is soft and loose. 
 

04. Use Fluoridated Toothpaste

Fluoride can help prevent cavities and make teeth stronger. In fact, a 2018 review found that brushing and flossing do not prevent a person from getting cavities if they do not use fluoride. Adults should use a toothpaste that contains at least 1,350 parts per million (ppm) fluoride. 
 

05. Do Not Rinse After Brushing

After brushing, rinsing almost feels like a reflex reaction. It’s important not to rinse immediately with water or mouthwash, however. Instead, you should spit out any excess toothpaste. Rinsing dilutes the fluoride in the toothpaste making it less effective.
 
As well as regular brushing, it’s important to visit your dentist at least twice a year for routine checkups. Interested in making an appointment here at The Courtyard Clinic? Just give us a call on 01932 582 949 and we will get you booked in!

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