There is nothing as beautiful as a shiny white smile.Yet many of us fail to give our teeth the attention they deserve – or are unwittingly brushing our them in the wrong way.
Failing to do this properly can lead to a build up of plaque – which causes tooth decay and can lead to gum disease.
And gum disease – known as gingivitis to dentists – has been linked with other health issues including including heart problems, kidney disease, diabetes and even certain types of cancer.
Just yesterday, scientists revealed a link between harmful bacteria in the mouth and pancreatic cancer – thought to be cayreleased into the bloodstream.
The advice comes as research from private dental insurers Denplan found 34 per cent of people admit to missing their dental appointments.
And almost half of people said they wouldn’t see their dentist if they experienced bleeding gums – with one in ten reporting they would Google the problem instead.
Denplan has created an infographic showing the best technique for toothbrushing – which begins with angling the bristles at 45° towards the gum and brushing both sides of the teeth with small circular movements.
It is also important not to forget to sweep the tongue – which can harbour the bacteria.
Here, we reveal the six-step guide to good brushing…
HOW TO BRUSH TEETH PROPERLY
Place the head of your toothbrush against your teeth, then tilt the bristle tips to a 45 degree angle against the gum line.
Move the brush in small circular movements, several times, on all the surfaces of every tooth.
Brush the outer surfaces of each tooth, upper and lower, keeping the bristles angled against the gum line.
Use the same method on the inside surfaces of all your teeth.
Brush the biting surfaces of the teeth.
To clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and make several small circular strokes with the front part of the brush.
Brushing your tongue will help freshen your breath and clean your mouth by removing bacteria.
If you struggle with your brushing technique, ask your dental team to help you find an effective style that works for you.