How to Brush
What is the correct way to brush?
Proper brushing takes at least two minutes. That's right: 120 seconds. Most adults do not brush for so long. To get an idea of the time involved, use a stopwatch. To properly brush your teeth, use short, gentle strokes, paying special attention to the gum line, the back teeth and hard to reach areas around fillings, crowns and other repairs. Concentrate on thoroughly cleaning each section as follows:
Clean the external surfaces of the upper teeth, then your lower teeth
Clean the inside surfaces of the upper teeth, then your lower teeth
Clean the chewing surfaces
For fresher breath, do not forget to brush your tongue
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Tilt the brush at a 45 ° angle against the gumline and slide the brush away from that same edge and forward. Gently brush the outside, inside and chewing surface of each tooth with short backward movements. Gently brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen breath.
What type of toothbrush should I use?
Most dental professionals agree that a soft bristle brush is ideal for removing plaque and debris from your teeth. Small-headed brushes are also recommended since they can better reach all areas of the mouth, even the hard to reach back teeth. For many, a powered toothbrush is a good alternative because it does a better job of cleaning teeth, especially in those who have difficulty brushing or limited manual dexterity.
What is the importance of toothpaste I use?
It is important to use proper toothpaste for you. Currently, there are a variety of toothpaste designed for many conditions, such as cavities, gingivitis, tartar, stained teeth and sensitivity. Ask your dentist or hygienist which toothpaste is right for you.
How often should I replace my toothbrush?
You should replace your toothbrush when it shows signs of wear or three months, whichever is important to change toothbrushes after a cold, since the bristles can collect germs that can lead to reinfection.