I was at the dentist the other day. We had the usual one sided pleasantries; questions from him, gurgles from me, when he asked me if I was up to date on the latest teeth brushing techniques.
Well, as it turns out I wasn’t…who knew?
Life Coaching & Teeth Brushing Techniques?
I replied (eventually) that I’d been taught to brush my teeth approximately 55 years ago and hadn’t actually varied the technique much since then. (I know you’re now all agog and won’t sleep until you know just how to brush your teeth properly so have printed it below. His additional advice was don’t rinse copiously but leave a slight film of toothpaste hanging around. Yuck)
And the point of this little toothy tale? Well, sometimes we think we know something, that there is only one way to do it, and sometimes we might just be wrong. Just because we’ve always done it that way doesn’t make it the right way.
Teeth cleaning tips for the curious are below…
The British Dental Health Foundation gives the following advice on how to brush your teeth:
- Place the head of your toothbrush against your teeth, then tilt the bristle tips to a 45 degree angle against the gum line. Move the brush in small circular movements, several times, on all the surfaces of every tooth.
- Brush the outer surfaces of each tooth, upper and lower, keeping the bristles angled against the gum line.
- Use the same method on the inside surfaces of all your teeth.
- Brush the chewing surfaces of the teeth.
- To clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and make several small circular strokes with the toe (the front part) of the brush.
- Brushing your tongue will freshen your breath and clean your mouth by removing bacteria.
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Photo Credit: Helmut Gevert
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Posted on March 27th, 2012 by Jane