What is the proper brushing technique?

What is the proper brushing technique?

Did you know that you should brush your teeth for at least two minutes? Most adults do not, and you may wish to use a timer or stopwatch to see how long you are brushing your teeth.

Proper brushing involves the use of short and gentle strokes, tilting the brush at a 45° angle at the gumline and sweeping downward (from the top) or upward (from the bottom). You should apply this technique to clean the outer surfaces first, then the inside surfaces, and finally, the chewing surfaces. Especially pay attention to the gumline, back teeth, and any dental work.

To remove stray food particles and bacteria (and to freshen breath), be sure to brush your tongue using back to front strokes.


Toothbrush Information

Soft-bristled, not hard-bristled, toothbrushes do the best job of removing plaque from teeth. Also, a brush with a small head is preferred for cleaning hard-to-reach spots. When your toothbrush begins to show wear, or after three months, you should replace your toothbrush.

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