Dentist shares proper technique for brushing teeth - as many people get it wrong

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Dentist shares proper technique for brushing teeth - as many people get it wrong
Dentist shares proper technique for brushing teeth - as many people get it wrong

At this stage in life, you're either completely fed up with being told we're doing the most mundane of tasks incorrectly or you're constantly having your mind blown by it.

From straightening your hair to picking a cold and flu medicine, there seem to be better and proper ways to do almost everything - and the list now includes brushing your teeth.

Yes, really.

Dr. Khaled Kasem, a chief orthodontist at Impress, has explained the correct way to brush your teeth to give them a good clean as it turns out many people are brushing wrong, all the way down to the technique that they use to hold the brush itself.

To start, you'll need to make sure you've got a nice soft bristle brush to use and this can be electric or a standard toothbrush, Dr. Kasem claims you don't need to splash out on an expensive brush, as long as you're brushing right it won't matter what you use.

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"Usually it's really important to have a really soft brush, try to avoid medium and more hard brushes as this can cause trauma to the gums," the expert explained.

"The most crucial thing is to be methodological with your brushing, so you should start from one side and you should go to the other side.

"I'm left-handed so I usually start from the left side and you need to go in at a 45-degree angle between the gum and the teeth. Use gentle pressure, don't force the brush. Do small circular movements on the tooth and then go down."

He goes on to say that you should be doing nine or 10 circles per tooth and you work your way around all the teeth on the front, top and bottom, then do the same on the inside.

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"Usually it takes a minimum of two minutes to do," he continued. "My advice is you can put on a song while you brush and then you'll enjoy brushing your teeth."

As well as holding your brush wrong, there are a few other major mistakes you should be sure to avoid when cleaning your teeth, according to the pro.

He goes on to say that the worst thing you can do is brush horizontally. So if you're doing a side-to-side movement with your brush, you're doing it wrong.

"Avoid horizontal brushing, this causes what we call an abfraction, where you lose some of the gum in the upper part and it can lead to gum recession."

Dr. Kasem adds that another big mistake people make is not brushing all of their teeth equally.

"Usually people who are left-handed have better teeth on the right-side of their mouth, as they spend more time brushing it as it's more comfortable for them, and vice versa. So remember to spend equal time on each side."

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This comes after the dentist revealed the correct order in which to brush, floss and use mouthwash.

He instructed people to begin their teeth cleaning process with some dental floss, in order to remove any plaque they have between the teeth.

Next, move on to brushing your teeth, before finishing off with some mouthwash.

And the best time to use mouthwash is in fact not at the start of your day, but at the end of it according to the expert.

"I would strongly recommend to use the mouthwash as part of your routine before going to sleep and make sure you do not rinse with water after this," Dr. Kasem adds "This way it can keep working during the whole night."

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Courtney Pochin

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15.07.2024, 17:44 • Investigation