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Who isn't attracted to a bright, sparkling smile?

With the right tooth brushing method and tools, you can gift yourself a beautiful, enchanting smile every day. In addition to that, you will have improved dental health. This step-by-step guide will help you master tooth brushing skills that will, in turn, deal with germs present in your mouth. At the end of this guide, you would have learnt enough never to bother about bad breath and tooth problems ever again! Below are 10 steps that will give you that healthy and fabulous smile:

Step One: Get the Right Toothbrush

Just like with every other task, using the right tool is crucial for success. A good toothbrush should be able to remove food debris stuck in your teeth. That is why dentists recommend toothbrushes with soft bristles. Also, a good toothbrush should reach every part of the mouth, and brushes with a small head have this quality. Alternatively, you can make use of a powered toothbrush. It has an incredible tooth cleaning ability and is particularly useful for those with difficulty brushing their teeth.

Step Two: Get Your Toothbrush Ready

Once you've had a dental floss, wet your brush, and put toothpaste on it. There are different toothpaste types and brands to choose from, and you can use any you prefer. However, it's recommended you use a fluoride-containing toothpaste as it helps protect against cavities formation and inhibit tooth decay.

Step 3: Apply the Right Toothpaste Amount

Usually, a thin strip or a pea-sized advised. There are two reasons for this: first, using a larger amount increases the likelihood of fluoride ingestion that can lead to negative health effects.

Step Four: Position your Toothbrush at 45 Degrees to your Gums

Place your toothbrush at an angle of 45 degrees to the point the gums and teeth meet. Without scrubbing, rock the toothbrush to and fro in circles.

Step Five: Brush the Outer Surfaces of Your Teeth

Brushing your teeth like an expert involves using a systematic approach that will guarantee a thorough brushing all the time. To begin, tilt your toothbrush at a certain angle and move it to and fro using sweeping movements along the gum margins of both sides of the upper teeth. Repeat the same procedure for the lower teeth. Then, using the brush tip, brush the front teeth - both upper and lower. With up-down strokes, remove food debris from the back of the teeth and the gum line.

Step Six: Continue Brushing in the Clockwise Direction

When you're done brushing the front teeth, move the toothbrush in the clockwise direction, ending up at the molars on the opposite side of the mouth. Then, to brush the inner surfaces of the molars, repeat step two and step three.

Step Seven: Brush the Chewing Surfaces

The chewing surfaces, unlike the front teeth, are quite rough. Due to their rough nature, things stick to them easily. To avoid a build-up of substances on these surfaces, brush them gently using back and forth strokes.

Step Eight: Clean the Inner Surfaces

Slightly tip the brush towards the gum line, and brush your teeth one after the other. Always remember to brush the inner surfaces of your lower front teeth. To ensure you have the right angle to access your inner gum line, open your mouth wide enough by keeping your lower abs upper teeth away from one another with 2 or 3 fingers.

Step Nine: Brush your Mouth

Teeth brushing also includes cleaning the other parts of the mouth, and not just the teeth alone. Brush your tongue and the roof of the mouth. Clean the inner surfaces of your cheeks as well. This gives you a long-lasting fresh breath.

Step Ten: Brush for a Minimum of Two Minutes

For your brushing to be regarded as proper, it must last for 2 minutes minimum. For many people, this is almost impossible. Carefully follow these steps, and then rinse out your mouth. Finally, rinse your brush, and store it properly.

These steps explained above will help you develop a proper brushing practice. Since toothbrush is a crucial part of oral hygiene, doing it the right way will definitely lead to improved dental health. A daily practice of these steps will help get rid of germs and remove food debris stuck in your teeth. While preventing cavities and tooth decay, you will have a healthy and brightly-lit smile.


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