Regular brushing is probably natural for most people. After all, dentists are constantly teaching children from an early age how important brushing is for overall hygiene. However, it is not easy to clean teeth properly. In fact, many adults make avoidable mistakes. Whether one should floss before or after brushing teeth, is up to them.
Proper brushing – Circular movements are not ideal
Children are often taught to brush their teeth with circular movements using the so-called “rotation” method. Over 50 percent of adults still do. However, this method is not the best choice when it comes to dental health.
Although, experts say it is well suited for children because this technique is easy to learn and requires fewer motor skills. However, it can lead to inflammation in the mouth, mainly because circular movements tend to push bacteria under the edge of the gums. Professionals, therefore, recommend that anyone above the age of 12 should start using the “right” method – brushing their teeth in an up and down motion.
In this case, the toothbrush is slightly and obliquely attached to the transitional spaces between the teeth and gums. This method helps to sweep plaque away with movements toward the tooth.
How long should a person brush?
The perfect cleaning can take more than 3 minutes. Brushing for three minutes is ideal – as most people have learned since childhood. Keeping track of time is often done with the help of egg clocks, short-term timers or appropriately sized songs. However, this rule of thumb does not necessarily have to be exact.
Depending on the positioning of the person’s teeth, which varies greatly from one individual to the next, it may take longer to thoroughly clean away dental plaque. Kids tend to need a bit more time to really clean their teeth, usually about five minutes. Elderly people tend to take longer than younger people, as gums often start to fail over the years, which makes proper cleaning more difficult.
Dental floss or interdental brushes help
In order to effectively remove plaque even in the mouth’s interdental spaces, experts recommend the regular use of dental floss (daily). For larger spaces, they alternatively recommend using interdental brushes. To determine what you need, schedule a consult today.