The Untold Toothbrush Tips to Keep Your Teeth in Shape

 

Dental health is about more than just keeping your teeth and mouth looking good and smelling fresh. Proper brushing and flossing will help to ensure your general health. There are a number of health benefits to keeping your smile looking great. Go through the article to know the untold toothbrush tips to keep your teeth in shape and healthy.

Health Benefits

Seeing the additional health benefits of brushing your teeth may help you understand the importance of keeping your teeth in shape.

  • Reduced Chance of Dementia
    Studies show that you are 65% less likely to develop dementia if you brush regularly.
  • Weight Loss
    When you brush your teeth, it signals your brain that meal time is over, which will reduce your chance of snacking.
  • Heart Health
    Taking the time to regularly brush your teeth can reduce the chance of a stroke, according to a study in the American Journal of Medicine. Also, as you may not be aware, gum disease is a strong indicator of heart disease.

The How-to of Brushing Checklist

Brushing Checklist
  • Brush – You will want to try to brush your teeth at least twice a day.
  • Fluoride – There are a number of different types of toothpaste out there. You will want to make sure that no matter what toothpaste that you choose, it has fluoride in it.
  • Angles – You generally want to brush your teeth at a 45 degree angle. This is the most effective way to brush your teeth.
  • Clean – You will want to clean the inner and outer surfaces of your teeth. You will also want to make sure that you clean all of your teeth’s chewing surfaces. To ensure that you have great-smelling breath, you also want to include your tongue in the areas you brush regularly.
  • Flossing – After you have brushed your teeth; you should take the time to floss them thoroughly.

Selecting a Toothbrush

Now that you have a clear understanding of the importance of brushing your teeth and a basic idea how it should be done, let us take a look at one of the tools that you will need to get the job done: the toothbrush. When you go to the store, there are dozens of different toothbrushes to select from.

How do you know which one is the best for you?

  • Size Matters – When you are looking at the size of the toothbrush, you should keep in mind that smaller is generally better. You want a toothbrush that you are able to maneuver in your mouth so as to completely cover all of the parts of your teeth, tongue, and gums.
  • Bristle Types – No matter whether you are looking at manual or electric toothbrushes, you generally have three types of bristles to choose between. You will most likely see soft, medium, and hard bristles. For those who like to brush vigorously, you will want to use a soft bristle brush. For those who might not use as much force, you will want to use harder bristles.

Electric vs. Manual Toothbrushes

Electric vs. Manual Toothbrushes

There are pros and cons to both the electric and manual toothbrush. You will want to look at the data and see which will work best for you to keep your teeth in shape. Please keep in mind that these are overall, not specific to each person.

Electric Manual
Easy to Travel No Yes
Expensive Yes No
Fun for kids Yes No
Timer Some No
Easy to Break Yes No

One is not necessarily better than another; it is just a personal preference. These are just a few things that you will want to consider when you are selecting which type of toothbrush you want.

Other Ways to Keep Your Teeth Health

There are two other things out there that will help you to keep your teeth in shape. The first is mouthwash, and the second is flossing.

Flossing Info
  • Mouthwash is typically seen as a way to keep your mouth smelling fresh, but also helps prevent plaque buildup. Mouthwash is also able to remove particles on your teeth if you use it before you brush, thus making brushing and flossing more effective. Mouthwash is able to help prevent cavities as well.
  • Flossing is recommended for keeping your teeth in shape. Flossing helps to get between teeth where bacteria like to live. You are more likely to have plaque buildup if you do not floss. This will in turn lead to gum disease, cavities, and tooth decay.

Overall, you will find that oral care is simple and can easily become part of the daily routine for adults and children alike. There are so many benefits to brushing regularly. Helping to make brushing a part of your child’s routine might be hard at first, but eventually they will get into it, giving them a great oral habit as they get older.

 
 
Author

Expert Author : Dr. Ahmed Zayed (Consumer Health Digest)

Dr. Ahmed Zayed Helmy holds a baccalaureate of Medicine and Surgery. He has completed his degree in 2011 at the University of Alexandria, Egypt. Dr. Ahmed believes in providing knowledgeable information to readers. Other than his passion for writing, currently he is working as a Plastic surgeon and is doing his masters at Ain shams University.