Brushing your teeth not only removes food and bacteria that has accumulated throughout the day, but it also helps keep other disease and inflammation at bay. Without proper or adequate brushing, a sticky film forms on the teeth. This film is called plaque and is riddled with bacteria that eats away at the enamel, which can lead to cavities. It can also cause gum disease. Plaque that builds up and hardens over time is called tartar, which makes it harder to brush and floss.
The best way to prevent tartar and fight plaque buildup is through brushing and flossing regularly.
Did you know there is a correct way to brush your teeth? According to the American Dental Association, here are the proper steps to brushing your teeth to ensure a healthy mouth and beautiful smile:
- Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle from the gums.
- Brush back and forth in short strokes with moderate pressure (not too hard or soft).
- Continue to brush all surfaces of the teeth. This includes all inner, outer, and chewing surfaces.
- Brush vertically up and down to clean the back of the front teeth.
- Finally, brush your tongue.
Brushing your teeth should take two minutes to complete. You should brush your teeth at least twice a day, ideally in the morning and again at bedtime.