How to Brush Your Teeth?

smile1Brushing your teeth has a number of purposes: It whisks away food particles, cleans and massages your gums, helps to eliminate decay-causing plaque, and freshens your breath. Brushing is an essential armament in the fight against decay, gingivitis, and periodontal disease. Even though it is something most of us do every day, it doesn't hurt to get a refresher course on brushing, because using the proper brushing technique is just as important as vigilance.

  • Choose a routine and stick to it. Establishing a proper and habitual method of brushing your teeth will go a long way toward preventing dental caries and gum disease.
  • Always start in the same place in your mouth. This will help ensure that all parts of your mouth get cleaned every time. A good place to start is the hard-to-reach rear molars, which need the most time and attention.
  • Press gently at a 45 degree angle. Scrub the front of the tooth and gum for a few seconds using a small circular motion. In the same manner, move slowly around your mouth until you get to the other side. Pay particular attention to your gum line, because this is where gingivitis takes hold.
  • After you've worked your way to the other side of your mouth, rotate the brush so that it rests against the back of your tooth and gum, and use the same angle and same circular scrubbing motion as you return to the first tooth.
  • Next, briskly brush along the top face, or chewing surface, of your teeth.
  • Then repeat the entire process on your upper or lower set of teeth.
  • Lastly, don't neglect the roof of your mouth and your tongue. These surfaces also harbor harmful, plaque-causing bacteria.
  • Rinse out your mouth. This whole process should take at least 3 to 4 minutes, or you probably haven't done a thorough job.

Do You Have Bad Breath?

smile2To find the right solution to relieve the symptoms of bad breath, you must determine the cause.

  • Bacteria build up on the tongue
  • Bad teeth
  • Food (onion and garlic)
  • Smoking
  • Tonsil stones
  • Illness

Generally speaking, there are 2 tips you can follow:

  1. Brushing and flossing are the basics of a good breath health regimen. You should go a step further. Anaerobic bacteria are the cause of most bad breath. These bacteria live on and around your teeth and gum line. They do not need oxygen to thrive. They love protein from the food you eat. When you brush and floss you remove the bacteria from your teeth and the gum line. The next step is to brush or scape your tongue. And, if you are like me, scraping the tongue can cause you to gag. There are scrapers on the market for this purpose. Most are inexpensive so you can experiment until you find the one that suits you.
  2. Rinsing your mouth should be part of your daily routine. Most people use a mouth wash purchased at a store. A simple rinse remedy is to dissolve about a quarter teaspoon or less of salt in lukewarm water and gargle. You may rinse your mouth only once a day and that is probably in the morning. It is a good idea to also rinse your mouth before going to bed. Since the mouth is usually closed while sleeping and anaerobic bacteria do not need oxygen, rinsing at night might be more effective.


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