Proper Techniques for Brushing Your Teeth
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Unless your dentist recommends otherwise, select a soft-bristled toothbrush in a size and shape that will fit your mouth comfortably. With regular use, toothbrushes generally wear out in about three or four months. Because worn bristles do not clean effectively, get a new one when your toothbrush shows signs of wear.
The following is just one of several effective ways to clean your teeth.
1. Place the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against the gums.
2. Move the brush back and forth gently in short (tooth-wide) strokes.
3. Brush the inner, outer and chewing surfaces of the teeth.
4. Use the “toe” (the top part) to clean the inside surface of the front teeth. Use a gentle up-and-down motion.
5. Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen your breath.
Besides brushing twice a day, it’s important to clean teeth with floss or an interdental cleaner. This helps remove plaque and particles from between teeth that a toothbrush can’t reach. Following a balanced diet, limiting snacks and scheduling routine dental visits will help you keep your smile healthy for years to come.