Brushing and flossing are important parts of your daily routine. But it's not enough to brush at least twice a day and floss at least once a day - you have to do it correctly. Here's how:
Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against the gums.
Move the toothbrush back and forth gently in short (tooth-wide) strokes.
Brush the outer tooth surfaces, the inner tooth surfaces, and the chewing surfaces of the teeth.
Use the "toe" of the toothbrush to clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, using a gentle up-and-down stroke
Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen your breath.
Apply just enough pressure to feel the toothbrush bristles against the gums. If you are squashing the bristles, you're brushing too hard.
Replace your toothbrush at least every two to three months or as soon as the bristles are worn or bent. A worn-out toothbrush does not clean your teeth properly, and may actually injure your gums. You should also replace your toothbrush after you've had a cold.
Be sure you are reaching every tooth. The toothbrush can only clean one or two teeth at a time, so you should be moving the toothbrush around frequently.
Use a toothpaste that contains fluoride.
Avoid toothbrushes with hard bristles, which can damage your gums. Use a toothbrush with soft, end-rounded bristles.
Ask your dentist to recommend the type of toothbrush that would work best for you.
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