Brushing Your Teeth

woman-brushing-her-teethBrushing your teeth is an important part of your oral hygiene routine. For a healthy mouth brush your teeth three times a day with a soft-bristled brush. The size and shape of your brush should fit your mouth allowing you to reach all areas easily.

Replace your toothbrush every three or four months or sooner if the bristles are frayed. A worn toothbrush won’t do a good job of cleaning your teeth.
The proper brushing technique is to:

  • Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums with tip of bristle away from
  • Gum line.
  • Move the brush back and forth gently in short (tooth-wide) strokes.
  • Start brushing from one end and finish on the other end without missing any tooth
  • Brush the outer surfaces, the inner surfaces, and the chewing surfaces of the teeth.
  • To clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and make several up-and-down strokes.
  • Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and keep your breath fresh.

Of course, brushing your teeth is only a part of a complete oral care routine. You should also make sure to:

  • Clean between teeth daily with floss interproximal small brushes or an inter-dental cleaner. This helps remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line.
  • Eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks.
  • Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and oral exams.
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