Daily brushing and cleaning between your teeth are important because it removes plaque. If the plaque isn’t removed, it builds up and can cause tooth decay and gum disease. You should brush your teeth at least twice a day and toothbrushes should be replaced every 3-4 months, or when the bristles get worn or frayed.
The five steps below show you how to brush your teeth correctly.
Brush your teeth for about 2 minutes last thing at night before you go to bed and on 1 other occasion every day.
Your dentist or hygienist may give you more advice based on your own dental health and needs.
For most adults, a toothbrush with a small head and a compact, angled arrangement of long and short round-end bristles is fine. Medium or soft bristles are best for most people.
If you’re using an electric brush, one with an oscillating or rotating head may work better than a manual toothbrush.
But making sure you thoroughly clean your teeth at least twice a day is more important than the type of brush you use. If in doubt, ask your dentist.
It doesn’t matter whether you use an electric or manual toothbrush.
They’re both equally good, as long as you brush all the surfaces of all your teeth and you use fluoride toothpaste.
But some people find it easier to clean their teeth thoroughly with an electric toothbrush.
It’s important to use a toothpaste with the right concentration of fluoride.
Check the packaging to find out how much fluoride each brand contains.
Your dentist may advise you or your child to use a toothpaste with a higher concentration of fluoride, if you need it.
After brushing, spit out any excess toothpaste.
Don’t rinse your mouth immediately after brushing, as it’ll wash away the concentrated fluoride in the remaining toothpaste.
This dilutes it and reduces its preventative effects.
Using a mouthwash that contains fluoride can help prevent tooth decay, but don’t use mouthwash (even a fluoride one) straight after brushing your teeth or it’ll wash away the concentrated fluoride in the toothpaste left on your teeth.
Choose a different time to use mouthwash, such as after lunch.
Don’t eat or drink for 30 minutes after using a fluoride mouthwash.
Flossing isn’t just for dislodging food wedged between your teeth.
Regular flossing may also reduce gum disease and bad breath by removing plaque that forms along the gum line.
It’s best to floss before brushing your teeth.
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