An important aspect to proper dental health is knowing how to brush teeth properly. This is as important for adults as kids, but we probably stress the importance of proper teeth brushing far more with our children than we do with adults. Knowing how to brush your teeth properly will save you a lot of hassle in the long run having to deal with tooth decay and gingivitis. There are certain techniques that we should all follow.
In knowing how to brush teeth properly, the most important technique is the sort of scrubbing motion to use with the brush. It is far too easy to just slide the brush back and forth, but this will not get at all the plaque and tartar build up at the base of the teeth where it is most important to keep them clean. The proper tooth brushing technique is to use circular motions, brushing both the front and backside of each tooth. This is especially important when explaining the proper tooth brushing for kids. Kids have not had the benefit of using the proper technique on enough occasions for it to become second nature to them. The more kids (and adults) use the proper tooth brushing technique, the more they will become accustomed to that being the only way to brush their teeth. After enough repetition, this technique will become second nature and they will do it automatically. Knowing how to brush teeth properly begins with the circular scrubbing technique.
Another important technique to brush teeth properly is to make sure to take enough time with each tooth. This will obviously be more difficult when we are feeling rushed, but remember, that few extra seconds you spend on each tooth will not make you late, and having to miss a day of work or school because you have to get cavities filled will make a difference in your paycheck or falling behind in class.
Knowing how to brush teeth properly will save your teeth from decaying which will save you both money and time in the long run.