3 Ideas Received on Brushing Teeth

Good dental hygiene is essential for keeping teeth and gums healthy, but also for protecting your heart and preventing infections. Brushing teeth is therefore a particularly important prevention gesture. But are you sure to proceed in the right way? We propose to twist the neck to 3 received ideas in terms of brushing.

You have to brush hard

It is useless to brush your teeth like a madman to remove the dental plaque: on the contrary, a brushing too intense can use the enamel of the teeth, weaken the gums and create micro lesions which are an open door to the bacteria!

For effective tooth brushing, it is recommended:

  • To use a soft-bristled toothbrush that is less aggressive to the gums
  • To perform a moderate brushing comparable to a gentle but focused massage
  • To adopt the right gestures with a brush manual tooth: go from the gum (red side) to the tooth (white side), making circular movements (brushing said “roll”)
  • Or use an electric toothbrush

Moreover, it is recommended to complete the brushing by the use of dental floss. By sliding it between each tooth, from the gum to the edge, you can extract residues that the brush could not reach.

To note: too little used, dental floss is however an excellent reflex to limit the amount of bacteria present in the mouth and the risk of loosening of the teeth.

You have to brush your teeth after every meal

Thus, it is enough to brush the teeth morning and evening if it is done in the rules of the art, that is to say by adopting the recommended technique.

In addition to brushing teeth, it is also recommended to use dental floss (preferably in the evening) and, during the day, to chew sugar-free chewing gum and rinse its mouth with a glass of water after each meal.

To note: it is not recommended to brush your teeth just after meals because the enamel is weakened by the acidity of the food you have just eaten. Wait at least half an hour after the end of your meal.

You have to brush a long time

UFSBD has also changed its recommendations for brushing time. The recommended duration is now 2 minutes instead of three.

But still it is necessary to achieve … Indeed, the average duration of brushing in France is between 43 and 57 seconds, half the recommended time!

In conclusion, take the time to carefully brush all the surfaces of each tooth to remove plaque.

Note: if you want to be sure to respect the famous 2 minutes of brushing, use an hourglass or an electric toothbrush that tells you that the time is up.