Brushing

Brushing is the most effective method for removing harmful plaque from your teeth and gums. 

Brushing two times a day is the minimum. Use a fluoride toothpaste in the morning and before bed at night. If possible, brush after lunch with or without toothpaste.

This is the best technique for brushing teeth:

  • Place your toothbrush next to your teeth at a 45-degree angle and gently brush in a circular motion. Feel the bristles getting under the gumline and between teeth.
  • Brush only two or three teeth at a time. Slowly move the brush around your mouth.
  • Brush all surfaces - front, back, top.
  • Don't forget your tongue. Brushing your tongue not only removes trapped bacteria and other disease-causing germs, but it also freshens your breath.
  • Remember to replace your brush when the bristles begin to spread because a worn toothbrush will not properly clean your teeth.
  • Effective brushing usually takes about two minutes. 
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