- Use a soft-bristled brush. Gently brush the teeth. Brushing too hard can cause gum damage.
- Be sure it is the right size (generally smaller is better than larger).
- Tilt the bristles (at a 45-degree angle) to the teeth. Slide the tips of the brush under the gums.
- Jiggle the bristles gently so that any plaque growing under the gum will be removed.
- Be sure to brush all sides of the teeth -- the outside, the tongue side, and the chewing surfaces.
- For the front teeth, brush the inside surfaces of the upper and lower jaws.
- Tilt the brush and make several up and down strokes. The front part of the brush should go over the teeth and gum tissues.
- Your toothbrush will only clean one or two teeth at a time. Change its position to properly clean each tooth.
- To prevent plaque damage, be sure to brush at least once a day, best at bedtime.
- Adding a second brush time after breakfast helps your chances of thorough daily plaque removal.
- Don’t rush your brush. A brushing should take at least 3 minutes.
- A pea-sized amount of fluoridated toothpaste is all you need.
- Replace your brush when the bristles begin to spread. A worn out toothbrush will not properly clean your teeth.
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