You have been brushing your teeth for most of your life, but are you really brushing teeth properly? The importance of brushing teeth properly is often overlooked, but it's an important part of keeping your teeth and gums healthy.
Most of us don’t really pay attention when we’re brushing. Instead, you may brush distractedly while thinking about your day, to-do lists or your weekend plans. While brushing your teeth properly isn’t rocket science, it does require a conscious effort to make sure it’s done right and for maximum effect.
Tips on Brushing Teeth Properly
- The most common pitfall that keeps people from brushing teeth properly is that they don’t brush for long enough. Most dentists recommend brushing for two to three minutes, spending at least 30 seconds on each “quadrant” of your mouth. (1)
- Brushing teeth properly means taking care to reach every tooth, as well as every surface of every tooth.
- Don’t forget your tongue. The tongue harbors a multitude of bacteria, particularly those that contribute to oral malodor. You can use a regular brush or a tongue scraper. In fact, many toothbrushes now feature textured tongue cleaners. One example is the Oral-B CrossAction Pro-Health Toothbrush.
By brushing teeth properly, you can help keep your mouth and teeth in good health for years to come.