How To Clean Your Teeth Like A Dental Hygienist

Chris Weber
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How To Deep Clean Your Teeth At Home

There are times when you just can't get to your dentist for a cleaning. Maybe you just moved and don’t have a dentist yet. Or maybe you don’t have enough time. Whatever the reason, you don’t have to physically see a hygienist to get a good cleaning. If you follow the steps below, you’ll be as prepared as if you had seen your dentist:

Brush for 2 minutes:

The best way to ensure that you’re getting your teeth clean is to brush for the full two minutes. Most people don’t do this. But you should. Two minutes is the recommended time for getting a thorough cleaning of your teeth.

Make sure that you’re brushing for the full two minutes each day. When you’re in a rush in the morning, set a timer on your phone to remind you.

The best way to keep your mouth from becoming dull to the sensation of brushing is to use an electric toothbrush. Not only will you brush for the full two minutes, you’ll reach places you couldn’t have reached before because of plaque build-up.

Floss

Flossing regularly can make a big difference in your dental health.

Let’s go over how you should be brushing your teeth

You’ll notice that the pictures below have a diamond shape that is formed with the bristles. That diamond should be your starting pattern.

Start by placing your flat toothbrush at a diagonal angle against one side at the upper front of your mouth. Brush towards your cheek making sure you are brushing as far back into your mouth as possible. Sometimes a mirror isn’t necessary since you’ll actually be brushing towards the mirror.

Ideally if you were to place a mirror opposite the location that you’re brushing, you should be able to see the reflection of the back of your last tooth.

The next section you should clean is the lower teeth or the outside part of the teeth using the same diagonal angle. Move back to the upper teeth after you’re done with the lower teeth. You should repeat each section at least two times before moving to the next section. You should always clean the inside part of the teeth very carefully and slowly especially if you have deep grooves.

Having good oral hygiene starts at home

But if you’re wondering where to begin, I’ve got some tips to help you keep your smile sparkling.

You probably do most of these things already, but sometimes we need to be reminded.

Put away your phone. It’s easy to be distracted – after all, you’re probably reading this article on your phone. But if you’re not paying attention, you won’t notice plaque building up around your teeth.

You can keep your phone out while you brush and floss, but set a timer so you don’t spend too much time staring at your phone.

Deep clean your tongue. Plaques often build up on the sides of your tongue, and many of us don’t think about cleaning it. It’s time to start! Use a tongue scraper or dental tongue cleaner to remove the plaque, and use a toothbrush to brush the parts that the scraper can’t reach.

To keep your mouth smelling fresh, use a mouthwash that contains no alcohol. Alcohol will dry out your mouth, and plaque feeds off the juices in your mouth!