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10 Teeth Brushing Tips Everyone Needs To Know

10 Teeth Brushing Tips Everyone Needs To Know

Most people know the basics of tooth brushing; how many times a day to brush their teeth, and how long to brush for. But do you know how long to wait before you brush your teeth after a meal, or which foods help to keep your teeth clean?

Check out these 10 tips to make sure you are keeping your teeth in a great condition. 

1. Wait 30 minutes after a meal to brush your teeth

Brushing your teeth immediately after eating food can be damaging for your teeth. During this time, the pH-level in your mouth is lower than normal, and more acidic, so brushing can be very abrasive and harmful.

2. Don’t always start brushing in the same place

Dentists say most people normally start brushing their teeth in the same place. By the time you reach the last part, you may be a little bored and end up paying less attention to these areas. Richard Price, consumer adviser for the American Dental Association, recommends starting in a different place each time so all of your teeth receive the same amount of attention.

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3. Be gentle while brushing your teeth

Most people have different techniques to brush their teeth, but some are more harmful than others. Teeth need to be brushed lightly, as harsher brushing can damage the teeth and erode gums. Instead of brushing in long strokes, brush your teeth in a gentle, circular motion.

Periodontist Dr. David Genet recommends brushing your teeth as gently as you would clean priceless furniture. A telltale way to check if you are brushing too hard is to see if the bristles bend on your teeth. If they do, you could be brushing too hard.

4. Brush your teeth for at least two minutes

Most people already know that the recommended amount of time to brush your teeth is two minutes. But despite that, most people still don’t brush long enough.

A good way to make sure you brush for two minutes is to turn the water off while you’re brushing. Leaving the tap on often makes people mentally try to speed the job up, so they are less likely to brush for as long as they need to. Another method to try is playing music while you do your teeth, so you know how much time has passed.

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5. Pay attention to your molars and the inner side of your teeth

While this might sound logical, many people brush their front teeth more than the rest. While these are the teeth people see, all of your teeth need equal attention. Pay extra attention to your molars and the inner side of your teeth, as these are the parts your tongue is most often pressed against.

6. Make sure you are using the right kind of toothbrush

Often people use toothbrushes that are too big or small for the size of their mouth, which can stop them from reaching all areas of their mouth.

Another common problem is using a toothbrush with bristles that are too stiff, as this can damage your gums. The American Dental Association recommends a soft brush, so make sure your brush isn’t too stiff for your gums.

7. Eat fruit and vegetables to naturally clean teeth

A useful tip to keep your teeth clean when you’re out of the house and don’t have the opportunity to brush, is to eat fruit and vegetables, such as apples and celery. Raw fruits and vegetables are filled with fiber, a natural abrasive that gently removes plaque.

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Rinse with water to help remove any stray bacteria, and brush and floss your teeth once you get home.

8. Keep your brush clean

Although your toothbrush looks clean after you have finished brushing, bacteria that can cause bad breath and cavities can grow on the brush. Rinse the brush when you’ve finished to help remove the harmful bacteria.

It is also useful to buy a cup to keep your toothbrush in, as leaving the toothbrush touching the sink or counter makes it more likely to pick up other bacteria’s from your bathroom.

9. Replace your toothbrush every three to four months

Although many people struggle to brush their teeth for long enough, most hold onto their toothbrushes for far too long. The American Dental Association recommends changing your brush every three to four months, as the bristles become frayed and less effective, and the brush can gather bacteria on the brush and handle.

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10. Floss your teeth daily

Although tooth brushing is an extremely effective way to keep your teeth clean, bristles often cannot reach in between your teeth, where food and bacteria can build up and develop into tartar.

While it does not matter if you floss before or after brushing your teeth, it is an important part of keeping your whole mouth clean and healthy.

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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