Tooth brushing - What can you do for yourself?
You can brush by hand or with an electric brush. The one is no better than the other, but brushing by hand requires more effort and brushing skills, so the result of electric brushing will be better for many people. The following applies to both the manual toothbrush and the brush heads of the electrical appliance: replace as soon as the hair comes out. When purchasing an electric brush, pay particular attention to the availability and price of the individual brushes. On average, the brushes need to be replaced every three months, but the average does not have to apply to you. If you deviate a lot from this, you may wonder whether you might be brushing too hard (the hairs are all outside after two weeks), or too little (the brushes will last for two years). The advice is to brush at least two minutes twice a day. Brushing a little longer than the prescribed two minutes is only better. More frequent brushing gives too much wear, less brushing will not keep your mouth clean and fresh.
Requirements for a good toothbrush
- Small brush head, so that you can relax well everywhere.
- Long handle that is not too thin, for good hold.
- Many hairs that are close together.
Brush heads for electric toothbrushes from well-known brands meet these requirements.
The hard brush, as often propagated in the past, is completely "off", it does not make your teeth cleaner and is damaged.
Which brushing method?
Important are a fixed order to hit all tooth surfaces and enough time. Whatever brushing method you use, keep a fixed order so that you do not skip anything. A good order is:
- The insides of the upper teeth;
- The outsides of the upper teeth;
- The chewing surfaces of the upper teeth;
- The insides of the lower teeth;
- The outsides of the lower teeth;
- The chewing surfaces of the lower teeth.
Don't forget to brush behind the rear molars as well, as it were, your brush has to turn around from the outside of the molars to the inside.
Polish the insides of all elements and polish the insides.
Polish the chewing surfaces. Brush behind the rear molars.
When to brush?
The first time after breakfast and the second time before bed. Here is a snag: if you brush within half an hour after you eat, your teeth are even more sensitive to wear. There is usually not much time between breakfast and going to work or going to school. Bringing your toothbrush and brushing it at your workplace is a very good option for preserving your teeth.