Have you been brushing your teeth the wrong way?

Have you been brushing your teeth the wrong way?

Top tips from dentist and co-founder of WhiteWash Laboratories Matthew Lloyd: 


Matthew is a fan of the floss-wash-brush system for taking care of teeth. “As a general rule," he says, "I champion the Floss-Wash-Brush regime because it is better to remove plaque and food debris with floss before rinsing the bacteria away with an alcohol-free mouth wash.

“Ideally, you should finish your oral care routine by brushing your teeth. That way, the toothpaste stays in contact with your teeth and gums for longer and will therefore provide better protection.”

When it comes to our beauty regime, many of us rigorously follow our cleanse-tone-moisturise routine but to ensure we also have a smile to be proud of, Matthew claims we must think of oral care the same way we do our skin.
 “The Floss-Wash-Brush method works in the same way as the cleanse-tone-moisturise routine does," he says, "by following it you’ll have a smile to be proud of for years to come.”

  1. Brush before breakfast - This is the ideal time as tooth decay is caused by the bacteria in our mouths using the food we eat to produce acid causing our teeth to decay.
  2. Go alcohol free - Alcohol is the main ingredient in a lot of products on the market because of its high ability to kill bad bacteria but it also kills good bacteria in the mouth.
  3. Manual brush method - Angle the brush at 45 degrees to the gum line. The average brush head will cover two teeth, clean around in a circular motion for around five seconds and then move forward one tooth at a time repeating the same circular cleaning action for five seconds. (Don’t forget to brush your tongue!)
  4. Two minutes, twice a day- Use the timer on your phone to ensure you are spending at least two minutes brushing your teeth (twice a day)
  5. Sensitive gums? Try a rotating toothbrush.
  6. Avoid eating for an hour before bed – this is so the saliva in your mouth has a chance to clear away food debris and neutralise acid.
  7. Toothpaste - I often get asked how much toothpaste you should use when brushing your teeth. The answer? A pea sized amount.
  8. Don’t wet tooth bristles straight away- Avoid wetting the bristles on your brush straight away to improve plaque removal.
  9. Bleeding gums - If you have just started flossing your gums may be sore and might bleed but if you get into the routine of flossing then after a week or so the bleeding should stop. If you find your gums still bleed, see a dentist.
  10. Remember the 4:2 rule - If you brush twice a day for 2 minutes each time, then your teeth are protected so you can eat four times throughout the day, so breakfast, lunch, tea and one snack. If you eat or drink more than 4 times in a day, then it is important that you brush your three times a day.

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