How to Brush Your Teeth Properly

Brushing your teeth correctly is a vital part of any good oral health routine.

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Keeping your teeth and gums as healthy as possible is essential to maintaining good oral hygiene. Failure to brush your teeth properly can lead to a build-up of harmful bacteria which ingest food particles and sugary debris in your mouth.

This can result in a range of oral health issues, from bad breath to tooth decay, many of which are caused by dental plaque, a soft and sticky layer of protein and bacteria on your teeth that’s almost invisible to the naked eye.

To avoid the build-up of plaque, it is very important to brush your teeth regularly, preferably twice a day for at least two minutes. Simple, right?

Perhaps not. Whilst it’s easy enough to brush your teeth for two minutes, it can be tricky achieving the correct technique. So, are you brushing your teeth properly?

How to Brush Your Teeth Properly

Did you know that many people don’t brush their teeth effectively? As a result, many individuals suffer from tartar build-up despite brushing twice daily for the recommended two minutes.

The most important thing is to never miss a spot. All teeth have an inside and an outside surface, both of which require a thorough brushing.

In an effort to improve your oral hygiene, here are some pointers on how to brush your teeth properly with a manual or electric toothbrush.

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Brushing with a Manual Toothbrush

Effective at removing plague, a manual toothbrush is a safe and effective tool with which to clean your teeth. Available with both hard and soft bristles (or ultra-soft in the case of the bluem® ultra soft toothbrush), manual brushes are easily accessible and affordable.

When using a manual toothbrush, one of the best methods to brush your teeth is as follows:

  • Apply a covering of toothpaste to your toothbrush
  • Put your brush on your gum at a 45° angle and move it up and down gently as to not damage your soft tissue
  • Brush the inside and outside surfaces of all teeth this way, top and bottom
  • To reach difficult spots, keep your brush in a vertical position and move from top to bottom
  • Don’t forget to brush your tongue to help prevent bad breath
  • Brush thoroughly for at least two minutes twice a day
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Brushing with an Electric Toothbrush

Highly recommended by dental professionals, electric toothbrushes generate a super-fast, repetitive pulse that gently vibrates and oscillates the bristles of the brush head. These micro-movements effectively clean the surface of each tooth as the bristles make contact.

So, how do you brush your teeth with an electric toothbrush? Follow these simple steps for an efficient clean:

  • Apply a covering of toothpaste to the head of your electric toothbrush
  • Place the electric toothbrush head on the line between your gum and teeth
  • Turn on the power and gently hold the brush on the inside and outside surfaces of each tooth for a few seconds
  • Continue until you have brushed all of your teeth, front and back

When using an electric toothbrush, it’s important to remember not to apply too much pressure. Be gentle, as your mouth contains soft tissue. Don’t forget; an electric brush does the work for you!

How to prevent dental plaque by flossing teeth

How to Clean Between Your Teeth

No matter how much you brush your teeth, electric and manual toothbrushes cannot reach all the tiny gaps between your teeth. While this might not seem like much of an issue, it can result in inflammation of the gums and a build-up of plaque in areas that aren’t necessarily visible.

To prevent inflammation and plaque build-up, we advise you to use additional tools for daily interdental cleaning, such as:

  • Floss
  • Interdental brushes
  • Water flosser

You can also use mouthwash and oral foam to really ensure a flawless finish.

If you require further instructions regarding cleaning between your teeth, consult your Dental Hygienist or Dentist.

Add bluem® to Your Daily Routine

With its revolutionary, oxygen-enriched formula, bluem® empowers you to achieve flawless oral hygiene by providing high-quality oral care products for your day-to-day routine.

Sold in more than 30 countries worldwide, our oral care products are specifically developed to prevent and treat oral problems such as inflamed gums, periodontitis and peri-implantitis.

It’s not hard to see why more and more people are using bluem® as part of their daily healthcare routine. View our product range here.

Remember; healthy mouth, healthy body.

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