Do you know your brushing strokes in the bathroom? The very act of brushing teeth has become second nature, a routine act where we walk into the bathroom to brush the over-night accumulated grime without giving it any importance. But, the way brushing is done can be damaging to your teeth. It is important not to just brush your teeth but to brush them right. This will help you avoid problems like cavities, gum disease, and bad breath.
The art of brushing teeth is complex, of the style of the toothbrush to the brushing time, a variety of elements need to be taken into account to avoid harm and for healthier teeth. Do you know that mouth is the dirtiest part of the body with over 100 million bacteria including E. coli and staphylococci in your toothbrush? In order to assist the people at large, we requested the intervention of Dr. Ashok Dhoble a renowned orthodontist, owner of Stoma Dental Care in Mumbai. He is also the Hon Secretary General of Indian Dental Association
It is recommended, that people brush their teeth for at least two minutes holding the brush at an angle of 45 degrees to your gum, with up down short strokes. Many people use the scrubbing method, which is moving the brush back and forth. Avoid long side strokes which scrape along the gum line. Did you know that brushing harder and faster causes damage to the teeth as well as gums? Use a lighter touch, be gentle.
However, we Indians are always in a rush, so spends less than half that time in brushing. Not brushing for a sufficient amount of time will leave plaque (which hardens is called tartar) and food on the teeth.It is critical to brush your teeth at least twice a day, once in the morning and once directly before going to bed because saliva decreases when we sleep. According to Dr. Dhoble, do not neglect the back of the teeth. But wait for 30 minutes after a meal before brushing.Food and acidic drinks like orange juice soften the enamel on the teeth, so it’s important to wait for the mouth’s pH to balance out again before brushing.
Hard bristles of your toothbrush damage your gums. People feel that harder the bristles greater will be the removal of plaque, but this is a myth. He recommends a brush with soft bristles to remove plaque. Also remember that brushes should be replaced every three months. The end of each bristle with use gets rounded and this can lacerate your gums. Also remember to brush your tongue each time you brush your teeth, as 80 per cent of germs that cause bad breath reside predominantly on the surface of the tongue.
Do not place your toothbrushes on the sink counter near the toilet. This is unsanitary as water can spray from the toilet when flushed. The best place to dry your brush is in a dry area placed in a cup or stand that puts the brush in an upright position. Avoid damp environment where bacteria will grow.