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The correct way to brush your teeth

15 September 2023

The correct way to brush your teeth

What will you need:

·         Toothbrush (soft bristle is recommended)

·         Toothpaste

·         Clean cup or mug for rinsing (optional)

·         Dental floss (optional, for cleaning between teeth)

Steps on how to brush your teeth effectively:

·         Make sure you have your toothbrush and toothpaste ready.

·         Squeeze a pea-sized amount of toothpaste onto your toothbrush. This is the recommended amount.

·         Wet the toothbrush bristles with water. This helps activate the toothpaste and make it more effective.

·         Hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle towards your gum line. This angle helps clean both the teeth and the gum line.

·         Use gentle, circular motions to clean the front, back, and chewing surfaces of your teeth. Be sure to brush all sides of each tooth.

·         Gently brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth. Bacteria can accumulate here as well.

·         Dentists recommend brushing for at least two minutes to ensure a thorough clean.

·         After brushing, spit out the toothpaste rather than rinsing your mouth with water. This allows the fluoride in the toothpaste to continue protecting your teeth.

·         If you choose to use dental floss, this is the time to clean between your teeth. Gently slide the floss between each tooth and along the gum line to remove plaque and food particles.

·         If you prefer, you can rinse your mouth with water after brushing. Some people find this more comfortable.

·         Rinse your toothbrush thoroughly and let it air dry. Make sure it's stored in an upright position.

·         Change your toothbrush or toothbrush head every 3-4 months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed.

Additional Tips:

·         Brush at least twice a day, ideally in the morning and before bed.

·         Use a fluoride toothpaste to help strengthen tooth enamel.

·         Avoid brushing too hard, as this can damage your gums and tooth enamel.

·         Consider using mouthwash for an extra boost of freshness and to help kill bacteria.

·         Visit your dentist regularly for check-ups and professional cleanings.

By following these steps, you'll be able to maintain good oral hygiene and keep your teeth and gums healthy.


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