How to brush your teeth properly

Brushing your teeth is one of the most important routines of your day and something every child needs to be taught how to do. Unfortunately, there is a big difference between simply brushing your teeth and brushing them correctly.

Here we provide a quick guide for uncertain parents looking to teach their kids how to clean their teeth properly.

1. Replace your toothbrush regularly

It’s very important to replace your brush regularly. Over time bristles can lose their flexibility and their effectiveness. Using a soft brush with nylon bristles is good for your teeth as they are very gentle, something which is particularly important for young, baby teeth.

Gradually, as the bristles become harder, their ability to remove bacteria, sugars and acidic food particles weakens. This can be very bad for your teeth in the long run so try to change your toothbrush every three months to make sure your teeth stay fresh and healthy.

2. Use your brush at a 45 degree angle

Brushing your teeth with your toothbrush placed flat is not the most effective way of doing things. Similarly, if you angle your toothbrush too steeply, you risk brushing food particles up under your gums. Over time this can be very bad as they become lodged under your gums and can cause problems which are difficult to detect. An angle of 45 degrees is the recommended position for brushing so show your children how to adopt this.

3. Clean all of your teeth

It sounds silly but many people focus on their front incisors when brushing, neglecting their back teeth. Cleaning your molars is very important as they often take the lion’s share of the work when eating food.

4. Clean all parts of your teeth

As well as cleaning all your teeth you should also make sure you clean every part of their surface. Pay as much attention to the sides and back of your teeth as you do to the front and brush in a gentle, circular motion. You should spend an average of five minutes brushing all your teeth.

5. Clean the undersides

Like an iceberg, the main part of your tooth is actually beneath the surface of the gums. Cleaning the undersides is very important and if you drink a lot of caffeine then you may find they become quite stained.

An electric toothbrush such as an Oral B Vitality is a great way to make sure every inch of your teeth is cleaned and are relatively inexpensive for families. Electric toothbrushes are popular with kids too, adding an element of excitement to proceedings. Using mouthwash will also help you take care of difficult to reach areas and is an important part of your dental hygiene strategy.