Brushing your teeth is very important; your mother should have told you that. If you lack the cognitive functions to comprehend this, or perhaps have been living feral since a young child, then I shall tell you how and why brushing your teeth is important and help you becoming a fully integrated fresh-breathed member of society.
The simplest bit of advice that I could impart to you is to brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride based toothpaste for at least two minutes. There it is- if you do nothing else but this then you should be fine 99% of the time. The principle reason for tooth brushing is plaque. Plaque is a film of bacteria that builds up on your teeth if you fail to brush. Plaque is bad because it contributes to gum disease, cavities and tooth decay.
Simply rubbing the brush all over your teeth in a haphazard fashion will not be that effective. You need to concentrate on the nooks and crannies where plaque builds up more easily. A prime location where plaque builds up and which is often overlooked is the gum line, where your teeth meet your gums. Thus when you are brushing a good technique is to tilt the brush at a 45 degree angle and really focus on the gum line, making sure to get into the gaps to brush away plaque and food debris.
Ideally you should have a routine of brushing your teeth in the morning and as the last thing you do before going to sleep in the evening. A good bit of advice that you may not have considered is to never brush your teeth immediately following a meal, especially if you have consumed food with a high acidity content- such as fizzy drinks, sweets or wine. This is because the acid in the food will have softened your tooth enamel, after which your brushing could brush it away. This is not what you want. Give it an hour to allow your saliva to neutralize the acid and you should be A-ok.
What Type of Toothbrush
Should you go for an electric or a manual toothbrush? In truth either is suitable so long as you brush with the proper technique. Many people find it easier to brush effectively with an electric toothbrush, however this writer prefers a manual one. Ideally you want a small head with bristles of varying height, as this will allow you to adequately reach all areas and clean them effectively. Too big a head and you can miss spots.
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