As we head towards Valentine’s Day, we are looking at something we should all be doing twice a day for two minutes … yes, we are talking about brushing your teeth!
Only one in four people regularly brush their teeth alongside their partner, while 50 percent of people never do. It may not be a typical love scene, but there are a number of benefits to brushing your teeth alongside your partner.
Eye contact and ‘the spark’
Toothbrushing is usually a quiet activity, but there is more to great communication than words. Why not use the two minutes to gaze into your partner’s eyes? It is amazing how prolonged eye contact can help strengthen your relationship.
Ensure you are both brushing correctly!
By brushing together, you can make sure you are both using the correct technique. As a little reminder you should follow the below:
Using a manual toothbrush
Move the brush back and forth gently, with a circular movement over the front, back and top of your teeth. Do not scrub hard along the gum line as this can irritate your gums.
Using an electric toothbrush
Electric toothbrushes are easy to use. To use an electric toothbrush, hold the brush at a 45-degree angle, just as you would a manual toothbrush. Then move the brush from tooth to tooth. The smaller heads of most rechargeable electric toothbrushes usually brush about one tooth at a time, depending on the size of your teeth. Guide the electric brush along the front surfaces, back surfaces, and chewing surfaces of each tooth.
Make toothbrushing routine!
By brushing together, it helps cement it as a good routine and adds an extra layer of accountability so that you do not end up forgetting to brush or try and cut corners and brush for less than 2 minutes. It also may help encourage other good oral health routine habits such as interdental brushing or flossing.
Seal it with a kiss
You know the feeling of getting into a bed with freshly laid clean bedsheets? Well kissing after you have brushed your teeth is your mouth’s equivalent. It feels extra nice, is a lovely way to end your night, and is a fitting reward for keeping your oral health in tip-top shape!
Whether you brush with your partner or not, the important thing to remember this Valentine’s Day is that oral health really does matter, and it is very important to look after your teeth and mouth. A good oral hygiene routine not only keeps your breath fresh and your smile free of tooth decay, it also helps stave off heart disease, diabetes and strokes.
All this can mean a happier, healthier, and longer life spent together. If you would like any advice with regard to your oral hygiene routine do not hesitate to ask at your next appointment. Contact us today, on 01702 472929, to get booked in.