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How to Properly Brush Your Teeth

How to Properly Brush Your Teeth

Brushing your teeth seems like a simple task, but you’d be surprised how often people do it wrong. Dentists recommend that a proper brushing should take at least two minutes. It’s no wonder that most people don’t do it properly because they don’t brush for that long! In order to achieve this time, try using a stopwatch until you get a good feel for the time, and take care to use short, gentle strokes to clean the gumline and hard to reach places in the back of your mouth. A thorough brushing should clean the inner and outer surfaces of your upper and lower teeth, all the chewing surfaces, the gumline, and your tongue–this is important because a clean tongue helps to freshen your breath.

How Do I Choose The Right Toothbrush?

Toothbrushes come in all shapes, sizes, and hardness. A soft-bristled brush is often the best for removing plaque and food particles. Smaller shaped heads are also better since they are able to clean hard to reach places that a bigger head might not be able to access. Powered toothbrushes can be a good choice for those who have difficulty brushing.

What Type Of Toothpaste Should I Use?

Picking the right toothpaste usually comes down to personal preference. A variety of them are available, including ones designed to take on cavities, gingivitis, teeth whitening, sensitivity, tartar and stain removal.  Consult your dentist if you are unsure what toothpaste is best for you.

When Do I Replace My Toothbrush?

It’s a good idea to change your toothbrush every three months, or whenever it begins to show signs of wear.

How to Properly Brush Your Teeth

Holding the brush at a 45° angle against the gumline, gently sweep and roll the bristles away from the gumline.

How to Properly Brush Your Teeth

Brush outside, inside, and on chewing surfaces using short back-and-forth strokes.

How to Properly Brush Your Teeth

Gently brush your tongue to freshen your breath.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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