Brushing your teeth twice a day is a central part of dental care. But it’s not enough just to brush. Using proper technique and effective tools will ensure you keep your teeth clean and healthy day in and day out.
- When brushing the front and back surfaces of your teeth, angle the brush forty-five degrees and use short strokes from the gum line down.
- When brushing chewing surfaces, keep the brush flat and use a back-and-forth motion.
- When brushing the front teeth on their inside surface, hold the brush upright and use an up-and-down motion with the tip of the brush.
- Choose a good toothpaste. Toothpaste with fluoride can help repair weak spots in tooth enamel, while tartar control toothpaste can help eliminate cavity-causing tartar.
- Replace your toothbrush. Most dentists agree that toothbrushes should be replaced every three months. Brushing teeth is the most necessary step in mouth health.