Brushing Teeth

Brushing Teeth

Brushing your teeth daily is a routine that will help preserve your smile and prevent problems.

Brushing Basics

To keep your mouth healthy, we recommend:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes each time- in the morning and before going to bed
  • Use a soft-bristled brush. Pick a size and shape that fits your mouth well to make sure it can reach all areas
  • Replace your toothbrush every three to four months. If bristles become frayed, replace it sooner, as using a disfigured toothbrush can damage gums

How to properly brush teeth:

  • Place your toothbrush on your teeth at a 45-degree angle to the gums
  • Use a circular motion to brush a couple of teeth at a time
  • Brush all surfaces of the teeth (outside, inside, and chewing surfaces)
  • To clean hard-to-reach inside surfaces of the front teeth, tilt the brush upright and make vertical strokes
  • Brush your tongue gently to remove bacteria and keep your breath fresh

Best Toothbrush Type

While there are many toothbrushes to choose from, start by choosing a soft-bristled brush. When selecting the size and shape of your toothbrush, make sure it fits inside your mouth and allows you to easily reach all areas of your mouth.

Refrain from using medium and hard bristle toothbrushes because they’re too stiff to be effective and they can irritate your gums.
When to Replace a Toothbrush

We recommend replacing your toothbrush every three to four months or sooner if the bristles become frayed.

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