Did you know that 80% of bacteria enters your body through your mouth? If left, the bacteria can build up and result in bad breath. The best way to beat bad breath is through regular cleaning with the right toothbrush and by using the correct cleaning technique.
Choosing a Toothbrush:
When it comes to choosing a toothbrush, the first choice you’ll need to make is whether to choose a manual or electric toothbrush. And dentists recommend you opt for an electric model as these are superior to manual brushes when it comes to removing plaque and fighting gum disease.
It’s for a good reason that dentists recommend using an electric toothbrush, as they come with a number of benefits including being a great way to fight gingivitis and gum disease by reaching those hard to reach places you miss with a manual toothbrush. Estimates suggest using an electric toothbrush and flossing will help to eliminate bad breath.
Other benefits of opting for an electric toothbrush over a manual include:
• Unlike manual toothbrushes, it’s possible to choose a toothbrush head for your electric brush and there are various models available including:
I) Rotation / Oscillation – these are usually round in shape and spin a quarter in one direction, before spinning a quarter in the opposite direction. A study has previously found oscillating heads can help reduce plaque by 11% and gingivitis by 6%.
II) Counter Oscillation – whilst an oscillation brush spins a quarter in one direction before spinning a quarter in the opposite direction, counter oscillation toothbrush heads see adjacent tufts of the bristle rotate in one direction, and then in the other.
III) Ultra-Sonic – bristles vibrate using a very high frequency.
• Due to including pressure sensors, electric toothbrushes prevent users from brushing their teeth too hard, which can cause lasting damage as gum tissue doesn’t grow back – whilst selecting the right bristles for your toothbrush head can also help prevent lasting damage to your teeth and gums.
It’s recommended to opt for a soft-medium bristled brush rather than a hard-bristled brush. You should also be changing your toothbrush heads every 3 to 6 months or sooner if the bristles have become frayed.
How to Clean Your Teeth:
When it comes to cleaning teeth, the British Dental Association advocate we spend two minutes cleaning them in the morning and at night, yet an average of us only spend 40 seconds each time we clean our teeth.
Along with cleaning your teeth for two minutes, twice a day, it’s important to make sure you’re using the correct technique to ensure you have pearly whites. As a rule of thumb, when cleaning your teeth you should use a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste as this will provide the best protection against tooth decay, whilst the angle of the brush head should be 45⁰ at the point where the teeth meet the gum – to ensure you remove the most plaque possible.
With the toothbrush at the right angle and the correct toothbrush to hand, it’s time to clean and the best way to do this is to do one row of teeth at a time, starting with the back outer surfaces, before moving to the inside surfaces. When cleaning your teeth, you also need to remember to brush the biting surfaces of your teeth and your tongue, as this will help remove more bacteria – providing you with fresher breath.