Tooth brushing is fun. If you know the tune of the popular school rhyme ‘Row, row, row your boat 2ce, gently on the see, then you can sing this oral hygiene song.
This famous rhyme emphasises the importance of brushing one’s teeth twice daily. The direction of the tooth brushing technique to use and the fact that both the inside and outside of the teeth should be brushed. Maintaining good oral hygiene is an everyday affair. Proper tooth brushing is done to prevent tooth decay, mouth odour and gum disease, it takes 2 to 3 minutes.
The following questions are frequently been asked about brushing of one’s teeth;
How do i brush my teeth?, how often should I brush my teeth?, When should I brush my teeth?, With what should I brush my teeth? Can mouthwash substitute the work of tooth brushing? How long should I brush my teeth?
These are answers to some of these questions:
Use a proper toothbrush– soft or medium, nylon, round ended bristles that will not injure the teeth and irritate or damage the gums.
Use a fluoride-containing toothpaste- a pea sized quantity of the age- appropriate toothpaste is recommended
Use the appropriate brushing technique– Hold the toothbrush against your gums at a 45 degree angle. Move the brush in gentle vibrating motion making sure you get under the gum line as much as possible. Roll the toothbrush away from the gum line.
Then start with the upper teeth and make sure you brush the front and back surfaces of the upper teeth. Don’t forget the back molars. Use short back and front strokes.
Then move to the lower teeth. Brush the outside, inside and chewing surface of the lower teeth. Brush with short back and front strokes. Brush for at least 2 to 3 mins in total.
Now brush the inner surface of the upper and lower front teeth at a 60 degree angle. Brush up and down.
Then gently brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen the breath. Use front and back strokes for the tongue.
You may rinse your mouth just plain water or with a mouthwash.
Storage of your toothbrush– keep it safely in a toothbrush holder. Change or replace your toothbrush when it begins to show wears or when the colours of the bristles have started fading or every 3 months whichever is convenient for you, also if you have had an episode of cold, fever or any kind of infection since the bristles can collect the germs and lead to re-infection.
It should be done twice a day, once in the morning after breakfast and once before you go to bed at night.