How Effective is Tooth Brushing?
Our mouths contain large amounts of naturally-occurring bacteria. When we eat sugars and starches, these bacteria break them down into an acid that causes plaque. Tooth brushing is an effective way of removing the plaque before it turns into tartar, but its efficacy depends on a few different factors.
In order to get the most out of brushing, you need to brush with the proper technique. Make sure that you have a soft-bristle brush that does not have too large of a head. Also, be sure to use fluoride toothpaste. Tilt your brush at a forty-five degree angle to the gumline. Use gentle, circular motions to clean the inner surface, outer surface, and chewing surface of each tooth. Take special care not to brush too hard, as it can damage your teeth and gums. Do not forget to brush your tongue. It should take you around two minutes to brush your teeth, and you should do it at least twice a day. If you suffer from arthritis, you may find it easier to use an electric toothbrush for cleaning your teeth.
While tooth brushing is considered a very effective method for removing plaque, it is still necessary to floss every day as well. Flossing will ensure that you are removing food particles that have fallen in the spaces between your teeth. It is also important to visit the dentist twice a year for a dental exam and cleaning. No matter how good you are at brushing and flossing, it will be impossible to remove all of the plaque and tartar on your own.
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