Brushing your teeth - How do I brush properly?
What should I always pay attention to?
The most important thing is that you make sure that you really brush every single tooth. Children in particular often brush an area of the mouth, e.g. the chewing surface at the bottom right, particularly long and thoroughly. In return, other areas, often the inner sides, are neglected. But even in adults, hard-to-reach areas, such as wisdom teeth, are at risk of not being brushed properly. Another problem is that often people simply brush too short. Many manual toothbrush users think they have already brushed for the recommended 2 minutes and on average they put the brush down after 46 seconds. This can easily be avoided with an electric toothbrush, like the happybrush toothbrush! With a timer it ensures that the recommended two minutes cleaning time is observed and gives a signal every 30 seconds to change the quadrant. .
How much pressure should I apply when brushing my teeth?
It is often incorrectly assumed that brushing with more pressure also removes more (plaque ) , but this is not only wrong, it also endangers the health of your teeth and gums. More than 200 grams of pressure should not be used for cleaning. For sensitive teeth, even up to 150 grams of print is recommended. If you press harder, you risk serious damage to your teeth through unwanted "scrubbing" of the enamel. The easiest way to test the pressure when brushing your teeth is to use a letter scale. Simply press the toothbrush gently on the scale to get a feel for the recommended 150-200 grams. Particularly frayed brushheads are also an indication that brushing with too much pressure is being used.
The plaster technique - occlusal surfaces
When brushing the chewing surfaces, the brush head should be held so that it is parallel to the chewing surface and rests on the teeth for its full length, so to speak. With a electric toothbrush it is sufficient to run the toothbrush lightly over the teeth to achieve the desired cleaning performance. With a manual toothbrush, a little more manual effort is required to remove the plaque by moving it quickly back and forth.
Exterior and interior surfaces
For the outer and inner surfaces, the toothbrush should be placed at a 45 degree angle to the gumline to clean the gumline from unwanted dirt. irst of all, the plaque should be loosened by circular movements, thoroughly on each tooth individually. Afterwards, you can proceed with the rule of thumb "from red to white", i.e. brush away all dirt from the gums towards the tooth. This technique can effectively prevent plaque from accumulating at the edge of the gums, where it can lead to gum inflammation .
Inner side of incisors
The inside of the incisors should be cleaned with a special technique to compensate for the slightly more difficult angle. It works best if the brush is held in line with the teeth, i.e. perpendicular to the floor, or upside down in the case of the lower jaw. In this way, the inner gumline of the incisors can also be cleaned easily by slowly moving up and down.
Electric toothbrush or manual toothbrush?
Although most dentists recommend brushing with an electric toothbrush, about 66% of Germans still brush with a manual toothbrush. An electric toothbrush, such as the happybrush toothbrush, makes tooth cleaning much easier. Features ensure sufficient cleaning time and regular replacement of the slip-on brushes. In addition, electric toothbrushes removeplaquesimply and effectively.