Regular, thorough brushing helps in preventing tooth decay and gum disease. Brushing removes the bacteria and the plaque that cause tooth decay and gum disease.
It is recommended to brush after each meal, because the bacteria start to attack teeth a few minutes after eating. Brush at least twice a day and always before you go to bed.
How to Brush your Teeth
- Place the toothbrush bristles to where your gums and teeth meet. Brush at a 45-degree angle to your teeth. Use a gentle, circular, massaging motion, up and down. Don't need to scrub. Gums often recede as a result brushing too hard.
- Brush every surface of all tooth. The cheek side, the chewing surface, and the tongue side.
- Brushing should take at least two to three minutes. Try to time yourself.
- Alternate your usual brushing pattern. People usually brush their teeth the same way every time and they miss the same spots. Try to reverse your usual pattern.
- The size and shape of the toothbrush is important. Choose one that allow you to reach all the way to your back teeth. Ask your dental hygienist to suggest the best one for you. Use a soft brush with rounded bristles and replace your toothbrush every three months.