Although we hear all the time about how important it is to brush your teeth for a certain amount of time (two minutes, in case you were unsure), we really don't hear a lot about how to brush your teeth. Your mother may have told you to brush your teeth in an up and down pattern, because that is how she learned to brush.
However, a lot of people either brush from side to side or in circles. So which way is best? Is there a way you should never brush your teeth? Keep reading. We'll tell you how to brush your teeth correctly to keep them strong and healthy.
Circles or Lines?
Whether you brush your teeth up and down or side to side, neither way is the best way to brush your teeth. We know this may come as a shock, so you may need to sit down. To brush your teeth the best way possible, choose small, light, round strokes instead. Research has shown that if you brush your teeth in straight lines, you tend to brush harder, which may wear away tooth enamel. It may also irritate your gums.
Brushing your teeth in circles helps in several ways. First, it reduces the chance that you are brushing your teeth too hard, which is better for your teeth and gums.
Second, brushing in circles means you are not only making sure you brush your teeth, but that you also get your teeth along the gumline, and the gums as well. Good oral health means your gums need to stay free of food particles as well. Also, a lot of nasty bacteria and plaque tend to hang out around the gumline, and many cavities that start there are discovered right away. If you are brushing in circles along the gumline, you reduce your chances of getting both tooth decay and gum disease.
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If you want to make sure you are brushing correctly, why not come and chat with us? We will be happy to look at your brushing technique!