- Don’t go to bed without brushing your teeth. …
- Brush properly. …
- Don’t neglect your tongue. …
- Use a fluoride toothpaste. …
- Treat flossing as important as brushing. …
- Don’t let flossing difficulties stop you. …
- Consider mouthwash.
Clean your teeth at least twice a day. The best oral hygiene habit to get into is to brush your teeth at least twice everyday — once when you wake up in the morning, and again before you go to bed at night. If you do absolutely nothing else for your teeth, at least do this
Wait at least one hour after eating to brush your teeth. When you eat and drink during a meal, the enamel on your teeth can soften temporarily. Brushing your teeth immediately after a meal means you may accidentally erode your enamel. Instead, wait for about an hour after you’ve eaten before you brush your teeth. This will allow the saliva in your mouth to help neutralize the acid content and return your enamel to its normal strength
Use a soft-bristled toothbrush. While toothbrushes come in variety of bristle stiffness, you should always use a soft or sensitive bristled brush.[If possible use an electric toothbrush instead of a manual toothbrush. The fast action of an electric toothbrush can actually remove twice as much plaque as manual brushing. Look for a sonic electric toothbrush — the head movement offers the correct movements of the brushing technique and they are more gentle on your teeth.[
Toothbrushes also come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Choose the shape and size that fits best into your mouth and feels comfortable when brushing. The best brush is one that allows you to reach to the very back of your last molar without difficulty.
Some toothbrushes will come with a tongue scraper which is very useful to remove bacteria on the surface of the tongue. This can be used at the end of your teeth brushing process, thus, preventing bad breath
Brush your teeth with the proper technique. Brushing your teeth with the proper technique will help ensure removal of the most amount of plaque possible. The back-and-forth technique you see in movies and on TV will actually harm your enamel. The best brushing technique to use is as follows:
- Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gums.
- Move your toothbrush back and forth in short, gentle strokes. Brush each tooth surface 15 times and make sure you count them without applying too much force.
- The best way to clean the chewing surface of the molars (where is the highest risk of decay), is to apply a circular clockwise and anti clockwise movement so bacteria can be eliminated by the centrifugal force.
- Clean the back of your front teeth by placing the brush vertically against the back of your teeth and making up and down strokes with the brush.
- Don’t forget to use your toothbrush to brush the surface of your tongue as well.
Continue to brush your teeth for a full two minutes. Each time you brush your teeth, you should brush continuously for two minutes. Split the time between all areas of your mouth to ensure they all get equal treatment. Use a timer or stopwatch to ensure you don’t stop early
Rinse your mouth with a mouthwash or mouth rinse. Consider using an antimicrobial mouth rinse or a fluoride-based mouthwash everyday. You can use the rinse/wash each time you brush, but you can also use it between brushing to keep your mouth fresh.
- If you don’t like the idea of bringing a toothbrush and toothpaste to school or work with you, you can always bring a small jar of rinse/wash instead to use after a meal.