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    Gum disease signs

    How to brush your teeth

    2 min read – Ben Atkins

     

    Introduction

     

    Brushing your teeth is absolutely essential and should become a habit from an early age. Baby teeth should be gently brushed as soon as they first appear and no matter your age you should brush your teeth every day to keep them healthy and looking their best. It’s not enough just to brush them – how, when, with what and for how long are all important too.

     

    How should you brush your teeth?

     

    • Use a fluoride toothpaste.
    • Put the head of the toothbrush against your teeth and tilt it so the bristles are at a 45 degree to your gums. Brush in small circular movements on all the surfaces of every tooth.
    • Brush the outer surfaces, then the inside surfaces. To make sure you are reaching the inside surfaces of your front teeth, tilt the brush vertically.
    • Brush your biting surfaces.
    • Brush your tongue!
    • Don’t rinse – let the fluoride in the toothpaste keep working, even after you have brushed.
    • If in doubt, ask your dentist to show you the best brushing technique.
    Ben Atkins

    Ben Atkins

    BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery) and trustee of the Oral Health Foundation

    What sort of toothpaste should you use?

     

    Until they are three years old, all children should use a toothpaste with a fluoride level of at least 1000ppm (parts per million). From three years old, children should use toothpaste that contains 1350 – 1500 ppm. If you look closely at a tube of toothpaste it will say how much fluoride it has in it. Some people, especially children, don’t always like really strong minty flavours so it’s worth trying a few different ones until you find one everyone likes.

     

    When should you brush your teeth?

     

    We should all brush our teeth twice a day for two minutes, once last thing before we go to bed and one other time during the day. Ideally you should wait an hour after eating before brushing your teeth as the enamel can be softer and a little more vulnerable to damage after acid attack from food.


    How long should you brush your teeth for?

    Brush your teeth for two minutes – every time. It’s longer than you think! Some toothbrushes come with timers, which can be very handy for making sure you are brushing for the full two minutes. You can even download a brushing app to your phone, which will help you keep to the proper time. Or you can keep a simple two minute timer in the bathroom. Phone addicts may enjoy downloading a favourite song which is exactly two minutes long – the time will fly by.

     

    Should you use an electric toothbrush?

     

    I feel that it’s much easier to brush your teeth well with an electric toothbrush. It’s possible to brush too hard with a manual brush, which can damage your tooth enamel and gums. It’s less easy to miss out sections of your mouth and, if used correctly, electric toothbrushes just do a great job of keeping teeth and gums healthy. Anyone who has particular concerns, such as smokers, who often have discoloured teeth, will really feel and see the benefit of using an electric brush. Some of these brushes come with a tongue cleaner too. Your tongue can be a real reservoir for bacteria so keeping it clean is a positive step towards maintaining good oral health. The latest state-of-the-art electric toothbrushes are smart brushes. This means you can sync them with your phone for help with your brushing technique and feedback on how you are doing. This can be very helpful if you are finding it hard to get it right.

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    Complete system for a healthier mouth

    Get the ultimate clean with DiamondClean Smart electric toothbrush. Eliminate guesswork with real-time feedback and personalised coaching for superior teeth, gums, whitening and fresh breath. It's more than just a toothbrush - it's a complete oral care solution. See all benefits

    Complete system for a healthier mouth

    Get the ultimate clean with DiamondClean Smart electric toothbrush. Eliminate guesswork with real-time feedback and personalised coaching for superior teeth, gums, whitening and fresh breath. It's more than just a toothbrush - it's a complete oral care solution. See all benefits

    How does brushing your teeth help your overall health?

    Having clean teeth and healthy gums can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and suffering a stroke. If you have diabetes, gum disease can actually increase your blood sugar levels. This can lead to other diabetic complications too, such as heart disease. This means it’s particularly important to look after your teeth and gums if you are diabetic.


    Conclusion


    Brushing your teeth properly, every day will bring you lots of benefits. It means less chance of needing dental treatment and improves your general health and well-being. Last but by no means least, keeping your teeth clean and looking good will boost your self-esteem and confidence in your smile.

    Our five-step routine for a healthy smile