ToothCare2u cares about your smile – so we’ve but together a step by step on how to properly brush your teeth, handy tips and some neat oral health facts!
How to Properly Brush your Teeth
Step 1 Aim your toothbrush at 45º
Be sure to hold your toothbrush correctly at a 45 degree angle and towards the gum line.
Step 2 Use a pea-sized amount of Toothpaste
This is especially important with young children who are more likely to swallow toothpaste during brushing.
Step 3 Use a gentle circular motion to brush
Brushing too hard can hurt your gums and in severe cases wear away the thin top layer of the gum. The gums benefit from gentle brushing as it helps remove any plaque or bacteria that may have built up.
Step 4 Repeat brushing on the inside surfaces of the teeth
Scrubbing too hard can harm your teeth and gums.
Step 5 Use a light back and forth motion on the chewing surfaces.
A back and forth motion is more effective for reach within the grooves of chewing surfaces on your teeth.
Step 6 Spit out the toothpaste after brushing
Rinsing after brushing your teeth is not necessary as the small amount of toothpaste left in your mouth after spitting will continue to protect your teeth from tooth decay.
Fun facts about oral health
Toothbrush bristles were once made from cow hairs!
(Don’t worry, ours are not). The first nylon bristle toothbrush, made with nylon yarn, went on sale in February 1938.
The most popular toothbrush colour is blue.
4 billion people worldwide have a mobile device, but only 3.5 billion actually use a toothbrush.
In a 2003 survey, the toothbrush was chosen over mobile phones and cars as the one device people could not live without.
The world’s most expensive toothbrush costs US$4,000. It’s made of titanium and, surprisingly, it’s not electric!
Surveys have shown that more than 50% of us would share our toothbrush with somebody (which we don’t recommend):- 24% with our partner
– 18% with our child
– 7% with a friend
– 6% with a celebrity
In the USA, brushing one’s teeth didn’t become routine until after World War II when the army enforced toothbrushing among soldiers, a habit soldiers brought home with them.
It doesn’t matter to your oral health if you floss first or brush first.