Some steps may seem obvious, and others may seem like overkill, but the reality is if you stick to these tooth brushing tips, you will have fresh breath and plenty of confidence to sport your kissable smile, even from behind your mask.
Here is a step-by-step breakdown of how to brush your teeth for the cleanest looking teeth.
It starts with the best toothpaste for fresh breath, Closeup. Choose your flavour, whether it’s menthol, red hot or cool breeze and squeeze a pea-sized amount onto your toothbrush.
Mistake: Picking the wrong brush is one of the most common teeth cleaning blunders. When picking a toothbrush, choose one that covers all the places that need protecting and opt for softer bristles – this means the bristles will be able to bend to get under the gums and between the teeth.
Aim your toothbrush towards the gum line at 45 degrees.
Mistake: Not brushing for long enough twice a day is typical, but you deny your teeth vital cleaning time. No matter how much of a hurry you are in, you should brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes per session.
Brush in a circular motion, taking care to press firmly but not too hard. Gentle brushing is often more effective than a hard one.
Mistake: Many people believe the harder you brush, the cleaner your teeth will be but in reality, brushing too hard can cause your gums to recede. Plaque is soft and loose, so you don't need elbow grease to get rid of it.
Don't neglect the inside of your teeth because build-up often happens on your teeth inside the gum line.
Mistake: Saying goodbye to a toothbrush that’s just perfect can be tough, but all too often, we continue to use toothbrushes that are bent, discoloured or dirty looking, and that's a no-no. You should get a new toothbrush every 4-5 months or when they begin to lose shape and fray.
Along the areas of your teeth where you chew, use a gentle back and forth movement to clear debris or trapped particles.
Mistake: You brush from side to side rather than around in a circular motion. This is a standard brushing error, but it doesn't allow for the best possible clean. The way you brush should be likened to a massage rather than a scrub.
Mistake: You forget the gum line, but that's where all the bacteria hang out. That's because there are plenty of nooks and crannies where they can hide. When you brush your teeth, pay specific attention to the gumline and try to get to as much of the tooth's surface area as possible.
Armed with this guide and mistakes to avoid, you can turn your tooth-brushing routine into an action plan for a bright, healthy smile with extra fresh breath.