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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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Amy Johnson

Amy is a writer who blogs about relationships and lifestyle advice.

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Last Updated on September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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