It can be a nuisance to maintain those sparkling white teeth of yours. Even though it’s just something taken care of in the morning and night, it needs to be properly maintained. Many people have been brushing their teeth to the point that it could cause gum disease later in life. This could also lead to heart problems and kidney disease. So it is important to take care of this sooner than later. But in order to help this issue, there are a few steps that are helpful to get started. Here are 4 steps to brush your teeth the healthy and proper way.

Let’s start by understanding how to use a toothbrush. Believe it or not, holding a toothbrush an incorrect way can lead to adding pressure to your gums. This is the biggest mistake when people start brushing. Additionally, the gums could wear out much faster and could lead to bleeding. When bleeding starts to occur on a regular basis, this can often be the catalyst for gum disease. Furthermore, it’s important to consult with your dentist when this starts to be a concern.

Note: Before we continue, make sure to follow the infographic that is provided on top of the article. The infographic will make this a much simpler process to understand.

Holding the brush.

According to Care2, you should hold your toothbrush like if you’re using a pencil, between your fingers. Don’t make it a habit holding it another way as not only you won’t remove plaque completely, it can take extra effort. Therefore, spending more time and pressure in one area would lead to gum bleeding and bruising.

Brushing in a circular motion

Place your toothbrush in the middle of your tooth, at a 45-degree angle, and start brushing in a circular motion. Make sure to cover the whole area including the edge of the gum line. Do this with every tooth two times in a single session. Also, this is for the outer and inner areas of your teeth. Do not continue this processes on the chewing surfaces. We will get to that step in a moment.

Inside surfaces of the front teeth.

Once you get to the back surfaces of the front teeth, the brushing motion will change. As you can see from the infographic above, tilt the toothbrush vertically and brush in an up-and-down direction. Moreover, this alleviates pressure and allows the bristles to have a better reach inside. Continue this process with the bottom of the teeth as well.

Brushing the biting surfaces.

Usually, this one everyone gets right since it’s the side-to-side motion technique. Directly face the bristles of the toothbrush on the eating surfaces of your teeth and brush them in a sawing motion. Furthermore, you can add pressure to this brushing technique, just make sure you’re not overbrushing. If you’re adding too much pressure through this process, you could wear down the enamel surface over time. If you don’t know what “enamel” is, it’s the outer layer of your teeth. This is a protection layer to prevent tooth decay or erosion. This is the most important teeth substance from your overall oral health. Keep this in mind the next time you decide to brush vigorously.

At the end of the day, keeping your teeth strong and healthy is critical to overall health. It’s also one of the most important health habits to maintain. Without the proper caring, this could snowball to much bigger issues the older you get. Also, consider going to your dentist to professionally have your teeth cleaned at least twice a year.