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Are YOU cleaning your teeth all wrong? From making small circular movements to brushing the tongue, experts give their 6 step guide to getting the perfect pearly whites

 

  • Many of us fail to give our teeth the attention they deserve - or are unwittingly brushing our them in the wrong way
  • Denplan has created a 6-step guide showing people the correct technique - which includes brushing the tongue 
  • Comes as research found 34% of people miss dental appointments and 11% do not seek help for bleeding gums
  • London-based dentist Dr Mervyn Druian argues the UK is a 'third world country' when it comes to dentistry 

 

 

There is nothing as beautiful as a shiny white smile.

 

Yet many of us fail to give our teeth the attention they deserve - or are unwittingly brushing our them in the wrong way.

Failing to do this properly can lead to a build up of plaque - which causes tooth decay and can lead to gum disease.

And gum disease - known as gingivitis to dentists - has been linked with other health issues including including heart problems, kidney disease, diabetes and even certain types of cancer.

Just yesterday, scientists revealed a link between harmful bacteria in the mouth and pancreatic cancer - thought to be cayreleased into the bloodstream.

The advice comes as research from private dental insurers Denplan found 34 per cent of people admit to missing their dental appointments. 

And almost half of people said they wouldn't see their dentist if they experienced bleeding gums - with one in ten reporting they would Google the problem instead.

Denplan has created an infographic showing the best technique for toothbrushing - which begins with angling the bristles at 45° towards the gum and brushing both sides of the teeth with small circular movements.

It is also important not to forget to sweep the tongue - which can harbour the bacteria.

Here, we reveal the six-step guide to good brushing...

Denplan has created an infographic showing the best technique for toothbrushing, as many of us are unwittingly doing this wrong. It involves  angling the bristles at 45° towards the gum (top right, step 1) and brushing both sides of the teeth with small circular movements. The biting surface of the teeth (bottom left, step 4), the inside surfaces and the tongue (bottom right, step 6) should also be cleaned

Denplan has created an infographic showing the best technique for toothbrushing, as many of us are unwittingly doing this wrong. It involves angling the bristles at 45° towards the gum (top right, step 1) and brushing both sides of the teeth with small circular movements. The biting surface of the teeth (bottom left, step 4), the inside surfaces and the tongue (bottom right, step 6) should also be cleaned

 

 

 

 

HOW TO BRUSH TEETH PROPERLY

Step 1

Place the head of your toothbrush against your teeth, then tilt the bristle tips to a 45 degree angle against the gum line. 

Move the brush in small circular movements, several times, on all the surfaces of every tooth.

Step 2