We’ve all been taught how to brush teeth since we were children, so the fact that so many of us are still not doing it quite right may be surprising. The common concern by most oral hygiene specialists is that most people aren’t spending enough time on the basics.
In fact, the average person spends only 48 seconds brushing their teeth daily and only 63% brush their teeth twice a day. Plus brushing your teeth only once a day means you’re 33% more likely to develop a tooth decay. Just in case you’re wondering, the correct amount of time to spend on brushing is two minutes, twice a day.
We’ve listed Lisa’s the Hygienist top 5 tips to ensuring a healthy mouth:
1. Place the toothbrush against your teeth without putting too much pressure.
Brushing too hard can wear down your enamel and hurt your gums.
2. Sweep the toothbrush gently tooth by tooth.
Spend few seconds on each tooth and remember to cover all outer, inner and chewing surfaces!
3. Apply only a pea-sized amount of toothpaste.
Bristles do the work for you, so don’t overdo it with the toothpaste – it will only go to waste.
4. Spit, don’t rinse!
Fluoride in your toothpaste makes your teeth stronger. Let it be.
5. Replace your toothbrush head frequently.
You can only maintain a heathy mouth with effective toothbrush. Worn bristles won’t remove the plaque properly.