Brushing your teeth the correct way all boils down to three key items: the toothbrush, the toothpaste, and the technique. Get any one of these three wrong, and your twice daily brushing times simply aren’t as effective as they should be.
Use a soft-bristled brush. Chose a size and shape that fits comfortably in your mouth and allows you to reach all those hard to get to places.
Don’t keep the same toothbrush for more three months. If it starts showing wear or the bristles begin fraying, replace it immediately.
You may be under the impression that all toothpaste brands are the same, but they are most definitely not. First of all, you want to make sure that the paste you are using contains fluoride for the health of your teeth. Second of all, you want to make sure that the toothpaste has the approval of the American Dental Association. If approved, it will be noted right there on the box.
How long and how often should you brush your teeth? The American Dental Association recommends brushing twice a day for 2 minutes. Even better they give the following brushing tips:
- Brush in short back and forth strokes.
- Be sure to brush all the surfaces of the teeth: inner, outer, and chewing surfaces all need to be cleaned.
- Don’t forget to brush the tongue to keep that minty fresh breath and rid your mouth of bacteria.
Remember that brushing is only one part of keeping your teeth healthy. You should also floss daily and visit your local dentist regularly for exams and cleanings.
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