How to Brush – Teeth Brushing Techniques

What Is the Right Way to Brush?

Proper brushing takes at least two minutes — that's right, 120 seconds! To get a feel for the time involved, try using a stopwatch. To properly brush your teeth, use short, gentle strokes, paying extra attention to the gumline, hard-to-reach back teeth and areas around fillings, crowns or other restoration. Concentrate on thoroughly cleaning each section as follows:
• 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

Tilt the brush at a 45° angle against the gumline and sweep or roll the brush away from the gumline.
Gently brush the outside, inside and chewing surface of each tooth using short back-and-forth strokes.
Gently brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen breath.

Soft- bristled toothbrush is best for removing plaque and debris from your teeth. Small-headed toothbrush is also preferable, since they can better reach all areas of the mouth, including hard-to-reach back teeth. You should replace your toothbrush every 3 months.

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