How do you clean your teeth? And is your method correct?
Did you imagine that the idea of the toothbrushes filling the markets nowadays is the result of a man's struggle with teeth cleaning methods in prison back in 1770? William Addis was imprisoned for rioting and not only did he continue his disruptive behavior inside the prison, but he also objected to the teeth cleaning method, which involved rubbing a piece of cloth covered in black charcoal and salt on the teeth. He took a few bristles from the prison guards, tied them together, inserted them into holes in a chicken bone leftover from his meal, and secured them with glue. When he was released, he began manufacturing commercial toothbrushes and flooded the markets with them.
That's how he made it, but he didn't mention the correct way to use it. After all these years, we still don't use it correctly!
So here are some points and instructions that will help you avoid cavities, erosion, and prolong the life of your teeth:
- Keep your toothbrushes at least two meters away from the toilet to avoid bacteria transfer in the air.
- Use dental floss as part of your daily routine, along with brushing your teeth daily. It doesn't matter if you brush first or floss first, the important thing is to do both correctly.
- After using your toothbrush, rinse it well with water and store it upright to dry.
- Do not share your toothbrush with anyone, as it is a serious matter that can transmit serious blood-borne diseases such as hepatitis.
- If your toothbrush becomes worn out, replace it immediately or do so every 6 to 16 weeks.
- If you have the flu, a cold, or any viral infection, change your toothbrush, as germs can linger on the bristles.
- Do not place your toothbrush in a cover, as it increases moisture and bacterial growth.
- The best scientifically proven technique for cleaning teeth is to position the brush at a 45-degree angle towards the teeth and gently start from the gum line, using circular motions to clean the teeth.
- Clean all surfaces of the teeth, including the inner and outer surfaces, as well as the chewing surfaces of both upper and lower teeth.
- As a general rule, proper teeth cleaning should take between 2 to 3 minutes.
- Be gentle with your teeth, avoid aggressive brushing that may cause enamel loss, gum irritation, and tooth structure loss.
- Clean your teeth at least twice a day, in the morning and before bedtime, as the overnight period has a higher risk of cavities. During the day, the mouth has natural defenses against cavities, such as the constant movement of the tongue that cleans our mouth and teeth, and saliva that continuously washes the mouth with antibacterial properties.
- Use a fluoride-rich toothpaste that is slowly absorbed into the teeth and avoid abrasive toothpaste such as charcoal toothpaste.
In 3000 BC, ancient Egyptians crafted toothbrushes from tree twigs and leaves. Greeks, Romans, and Indians also used tree twigs for teeth cleaning. Since ancient times, humans have cared about dental hygiene. Today, with advancements in toothbrush manufacturing, all you need to do is use it correctly to ensure the highest possible protection for your teeth and gums.
The history of toothbrush manufacturing and how to use it correctly