Yes you should brush your teeth every day, in fact, twice every day and preferably for 2 minutes each time. Unfortunately many people only do it once a day and don’t floss. Not only does brushing help remove plaque and stain, but it helps reduce halitosis (bad breath) as well.
Here are some popular techniques that work:
Use a circular motion to brush only two or three teeth at a time, gradually covering the entire mouth.
Place your toothbrush next to your teeth at a 45-degree angle and gently brush in a circular motion, not back and forth. This kind of motion wears down your tooth structure and can lead to receding gums, or expose the root of your tooth. You should brush all surfaces of your teeth – front, back, top, and between other teeth, rocking the brush back and forth gently to remove any plaque growing under the gum.
Don’t forget the other surfaces of your mouth that are covered in bacteria – including the gums, the roof and floor of your mouth, and most importantly, your tongue. Brushing your tongue not only removes trapped bacteria and other disease-causing germs, but it also freshens your breath.
Remember to replace your brush when the bristles begin to spread because a worn toothbrush will not properly clean your teeth.
Effective brushing usually takes about two minutes. Believe it or not, studies have shown that most people rush during tooth brushing.
An electric toothbrush such as a Sonicare can be very effective. I personally feel my teeth are cleaner with it than when brushed manually. Is it the technology of the brush, or is it the fact that it gets used for the full two minutes? Does it really matter why if they are cleaner?
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