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What Angle Should Your Toothbrush Be At When Brushing

Posted on 6/9/2015 by Truman Nielsen
Woman holding her toothbrush in correct form to brush her teeth.Your teeth do not benefit from brushing if it is not done in the proper manner. The way that you hold the toothbrush can make a big difference in how effective the brushing activity can be towards your teeth. Brushing should never be the only thing you are doing to keep your mouth fresh. Flossing, rinsing, and getting regular checkups at the dentist's office are all beneficial in keeping your teeth white and healthy. Brushing the proper way can be easy, as long as you remember that effectiveness matters.

The Correct Way to Handle a Toothbrush

Holding a toothbrush is not a way of life or an art, but it does have a lot to do with how effective your brushing is. When you hold a toothbrush in the palm of your hand it should be comfortable. If holding your toothbrush is not comfortable, try to reposition it or purchase a new toothbrush that is easier to hold. The angle of your toothbrush matters too. The proper angle to hold your toothbrush at is a 45 degree angle against the spot where the gums and teeth meet. Once you have your toothbrush in place, begin gently moving in a small circular motion all the way around your mouth. Scrubbing your teeth any harder than this could cause the enamel to wear down and your teeth to become sensitive.

Common Mistakes about Brushing and Toothbrushes

There is only one way to hold a toothbrush and that is comfortably at the 45 degree angle. Some people will argue against that while others will work on perfecting it. Here are a few other common mistakes about brushing your teeth and toothbrushes:

•  Using the wrong toothbrush. There are different sizes of toothbrush, and yes, other than infants, kids, and adults. Toothbrushes come in soft, medium, or hard bristles, and they can range from large to small bases, or handles. These are the major differences. There are several others, such as the bristle pattern types and electric toothbrushes. Most people need soft bristled toothbrushes because they already have sensitive gums or worn enamel, which calls for a gentler, yet effective, brush.
•  Take the Time Needed to Brush. The recommended time is two minutes to spend brushing your teeth. If you spend the whole two minutes in one area, or spread out over a shorter span than two minutes, you aren't doing your mouth any favors. Many dentists will recommend separating your mouth into four different sections and take thirty seconds on each section.
•  Brushing becomes boring and forgettable. Brushing your teeth everyday can become boring. To switch it up a little, try starting off in a different area or section of your mouth. Always keep track of where you started, what you've done, and where you should finish. Missing an area of your mouth could cause plaque to build up.
•  Picking the wrong products. Reading reviews and asking people for suggestions is great, but running it by your dentist is an even better idea. Some people may have sensitive teeth, which means they will react differently to some of the over the counter products like toothpaste and teeth whitening kits. Be sure to read each product carefully before purchasing or get recommendations from your dentist.

Many people think that brushing their teeth twice a day each and every day will be sufficient enough to keep their teeth clean and white, but this is not true. Brushing your teeth two to three times a day is recommended, but other things such as flossing after meals, mouthwash, and teeth whitening kits, are also very helpful in keeping your teeth clean and healthy. For more tips on how to use a toothbrush in the most efficient way, contact our office at (509) 822-2079.

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