How To Brush – Teeth Brushing Techniques
What Is the Right Way to Brush?
We all know that toothbrushing is very important, but did you know that the correct tooth brushing technique is also very important. This includes, how often you brush, how long you brush for and also your brushing technique.
It is recommended that you brush twice a day, for two minutes (with a fluoridated toothpaste), once in the morning and once in the evening.
To properly brush your teeth, place your toothbrush at a 45 degrees angle, use short, gentle strokes, paying extra attention to the gumline, hard-to-reach back teeth and areas around fillings, crowns or other restorations.
- Clean the outer surfaces of your upper teeth, then your lower teeth
- Clean the inner surfaces of your upper teeth, then your lower teeth
- Clean the chewing surfaces
- For fresher breath, be sure to brush your tongue, too
What Type of Toothbrush Should I Use?
Most dental professionals agree that a soft-bristled brush is best for removing plaque and debris from your teeth. Small-headed brushes are also preferable, since they can better reach all areas of the mouth, including hard-to-reach back teeth. For many, a powered toothbrush is a good alternative. It can do a better job of cleaning teeth, particularly for those who have difficulty brushing or who have limited manual dexterity.
How Important is the Toothpaste I Use?
It is important that you use a toothpaste that's right for you. Today there is a wide variety of toothpastes designed for many conditions, including cavities, gingivitis, tartar, stained teeth and sensitivity. Ask your dental professional which toothpaste is right for you.
How Often Should I Replace My Toothbrush?
You should replace your toothbrush when it begins to show wear, or every three months, whichever comes first.