Things to Consider While Brushing Teeth

What should be considered when choosing a toothbrush?
Whether the bristles of the brush are rounded, the raw materials and paints used are suitable for health, whether they comply with TSE standards, personally; It should be paid attention to the appropriate shaped brushes according to the oral structure, gingival health and dexterity.

What are the types of toothbrushes?
Types of toothbrushes according to their bristle hardness; It is diversified as Hard, Medium Hard, Soft. These brushes are also available in the market as manual or electric.

How should the toothbrush be cleaned?
After each use, the brush should be thoroughly shaken with water so that there is no paste left on the bristles and should be stored in such a way that it does not become dusty.

How long should a toothbrush be used?
Dentists recommend replacing your brush at least every three months. As the bristles wear out, plaque removal efficiency gradually decreases. Therefore, the toothbrush needs to be changed regularly. How you brush also directly affects the replacement time. For instance; If all the bristles are straightened after 1 week, brushing is being done too hard. If the bristles are still straight after 6 months, it means that they are either brushed without pressure or not brushed every day. In an ideal toothbrush, the bristles should be rounded so that they do not injure the gums. The structure of the toothbrush should be accessible to all teeth and all surfaces. It should not be forgotten that each toothbrush is for one person!
Toothbrush is a personal product and should never be used by more than one person. Both the hardness and type of toothbrushes used by people with mouth problems may not be suitable for another person. Bacteria and microbes in the mouth can easily pass to the other user through the brush.

What are the rules to be followed when brushing teeth?
The most important thing we need to do when brushing teeth is to brush all surfaces in the most effective and correct way. For this; It is necessary to brush thoroughly between the anterior and posterior teeth and the chewing surfaces of the teeth in the lower and upper jaws and between all the teeth. While brushing; While brushing the outer surfaces, the toothbrush should be held in such a way that half of the bristles are on the surface of the tooth and the other half on the gingiva. After that; The upper jaw should be tilted upwards and the lower jaw downwards by 45 degrees without moving the brush. Again, without moving the brush, the lateral surfaces should be brushed 8-10 times with small circular movements, and the chewing surfaces should be brushed with forward-backward movements. When these processes are completed, the mouth should be rinsed with plenty of water. During brushing, the brush should not cause damage to the gingiva by applying more force than necessary. A healthy mouth is achieved by having healthy gums. Bleeding gums while brushing is a sign of gum disease.

What should be the amount of TOOTHPASTE that should be used for brushing?
Toothpaste should not be squeezed to cover the brush head from one end to the other. That much paste will spill and be wasted during brushing anyway. It is sufficient to apply paste half the length of the bristles in the middle of the brush bristles.

How often should teeth be brushed?
At least; It should be brushed twice a day, morning and evening, before going to bed. In fact, it is okay to brush after every meal. If this is not possible, the mouth must be rinsed with plenty of water after the meal. Brushing should be done at night before going to bed. A mouth with food residues paves the way for the formation of bacterial plaque.

Is it harmful to brush your teeth too often?
If the bristle structure of the toothbrush is soft and brushing is done correctly, it will not harm the teeth. However, improper brushing with a brush with bristles that are too hard, deformed at the ends and not well rounded causes erosion of the tooth enamel.

Is it necessary to use toothpaste for every brushing?
In cases where there is no paste, it may be sufficient to brush the teeth with just water. However, it is necessary to brush with toothpaste at least twice a day.

What is the harm of unbrushed teeth?
Teeth that are not brushed primarily harm themselves and their surroundings with bad breath that causes discomfort. Since there is no brushing, food residues accumulating between the teeth and at the tooth-gum junction cause the formation of bacterial plaque in these areas. Bacterial plaque that accumulates over time paves the way for gingivitis and further gingival recession. Even healthy teeth can be lost because of this. Bacteria accumulating between teeth cause tooth decay. If the teeth are not brushed for a while, gingival bleeding occurs during the first brushing. This bleeding can be corrected with regular and continuous oral care.

Hemen Ara
Yol Tarifi