Brushing teeth - How do I properly brush?

Brushing teeth - What should I pay attention to?


The most important thing is to make sure that you really brush every single tooth. Children in particular often brush one area of the mouth, e.g. the lower right chewing surface, particularly long and thoroughly. Other areas, often the inner sides, are neglected. But even in adults, hard-to-reach areas, such as wisdom teeth, are at risk of not being brushed sufficiently. Another problem is that brushing is often simply too short. Many manual toothbrush users think they have already brushed for the recommended 2 minutes and put the brush down after an average of 46 seconds. This can easily be avoided with an electric toothbrush, like the happybrush toothbrush! With a timer, it ensures that the recommended two minutes of brushing time are adhered to and gives a signal every 30 seconds to change the quadrant.



How much pressure should I apply when brushing my teeth?


It is often mistakenly assumed that brushing with more pressure will remove more plaque, but this is not only wrong, it is also dangerous for the health of the teeth and gums. More than 200 grams of pressure should not be applied when brushing. For sensitive teeth, only 150 grams of pressure is recommended. If you apply more pressure, you risk seriously damaging your teeth by undesirably "scrubbing off" the enamel.
The easiest way to test the pressure when brushing your teeth is to use a letter scale. Simply press the toothbrush gently on the scale to get a feel for the recommended 150-200 grams. Brush heads that are particularly frayed are also an indication that you are brushing with too much pressure.



Brushing technique - occlusal surfaces


When brushing the occlusal surfaces, the brush head should be held so that it is parallel to the occlusal surface and its full length rests on the teeth, so to speak. With an electric toothbrush, it is sufficient to move the toothbrush lightly over the teeth to achieve the desired cleaning performance. With a manual toothbrush, a little more manual effort is required to remove plaque by moving it quickly back and forth.



External and internal surfaces


For the outer and inner surfaces, the toothbrush should be placed at a 45 degree angle to the gumline to remove unwanted debris. First, the plaque should be loosened by circular movements, thoroughly on each tooth individually. Afterwards, the rule of thumb "from red to white" can be used, i.e. brushing away all dirt from the gums in the direction of the tooth. This technique can effectively prevent plaque from accumulating at the gum line and causing gingivitis theren.



Inside incisors


The inside of the incisors should be cleaned using a special technique to compensate for the slightly more difficult angle. It works best if the brush is held in line with the teeth, i.e. perpendicular to the floor, or upside down in the case of the lower jaw. This way, the inner gum line of the incisors can also be cleaned easily by slow up and down movements.



Electric toothbrush or manual toothbrush?


Although most dentists recommend brushing with an electric toothbrush, about 66% of Germans still brush with a manual toothbrush. However, an electric toothbrush, such as the happybrush toothbrush, makes tooth cleaning much easier. Features ensure sufficient brushing time and regular changing of the toothbrushes. In addition, electric toothbrushes remove plaque easily and effectively.



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