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Effectiveness of Brushing Your Teeth

Dental Brushing Effectiveness

Regularly brushing your teeth is the most widely recommended activity for maintaining proper oral health. But many people still wonder – how effective is brushing your teeth?


The effectiveness of brushing your teeth is determined by a variety of factors. One of those factors is the design of the toothbrush, such as the bristles. Some common designs for the arrangement of the bristle tufts found in stores are flat-trim, multi-level, and angled. Pick whichever design is most comfortable for you, but be sure to only use a soft-bristle toothbrush. The handle design is also an important feature. For the handle, it is best to choose whichever design is most comfortable for you. Electric toothbrushes can work well, too. For some people, including those with arthritis, electric toothbrushes may allow for an easier time cleaning your teeth.


Another factor in the efficacy of tooth brushing is the technique used. The proper technique is to hold the brush at a forty-five degree angle along the gum line. Then you are going to want to move the toothbrush in short back-and-forth motions for two minutes. Make sure to brush the outer surfaces, the inner surfaces, and the chewing surfaces of your teeth. Also take care to not brush too hard. A gentle pressure will do just fine. Always remember to brush your tongue, as well, as doing so will get rid of foul-smelling bacteria. Toothbrushes should be replaced when they become frayed. This usually happens after about three to four months. Also, make sure to replace your toothbrush after having been sick, as bacteria can linger.


It is best to use fluoride toothpaste without whitening products. The whitening products in toothpaste can be abrasive and should be avoided. A dental cleaning every six months is also recommended to ensure that plaque and tartar buildup you may have missed while brushing can still be effectively removed.


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