Brushing at least twice a day helps remove food particles and dental plaque that can damage teeth and gums over time, but are you sure you’re doing it correctly? One of the things to remember when brushing our teeth is that it should take at least 2 minutes long. Here are some reminders on how to practice oral care routine and proper brushing technique:
- Brush at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and soft-bristled brush, especially first thing in the morning and before bedtime. Also keep in mind that the size and shape of your brush should fit your mouth to reach all areas smoothly.
- Position your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums.
- Gently move the brush back and forth in short (tooth-wide) strokes.
- Brush the outer surfaces, the inner surfaces, and the chewing surfaces of the teeth.
- To clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and make several up-and-down strokes.
- Replace your toothbrush at least every 3 to 4 months or sooner if you see that the bristles are frayed.
- Clean between teeth once daily using floss before bed time. Tooth decay-causing bacteria still remains between teeth where toothbrush bristles can’t reach. This helps remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line.
- Eat a healthy balanced diet that limits sugary beverages and snacks.
- Visit your dentist regularly for prevention and treatment of oral disease.