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Brushing your teeth is an important part of your oral health hygiene routine. According to the ADA (American Dental Association), you should brush your teeth twice per day. Brushing your teeth will help to remove plaque which causes tooth decay and can lead to gum disease.

At all times try to use a soft bristled toothbrush, and make sure to use a toothpaste that includes fluoride. Make sure that the tooth brush can reach all areas of your mouth and fits inside properly.

When brushing your teeth, make sure to use gentle back and forth strokes, brushing all areas and sides of the teeth. Make sure to also brush your tongue to help remove any bacteria and to keep your breath fresher.

Replace your tooth-brush every three to four months, or sooner when the bristles are frayed. A worn-out tooth-brush will not do a decent job of cleaning your teeth.

Brushing Techniques

  • Place the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums.
  • Lightly move the toothbrush back and forth in short strokes.
  • Brush the outer tooth surfaces, the inner tooth surfaces of your mouth, and also the chewing surfaces of your teeth.
  • To clean the inside of your front teeth, tilt the tooth-brush vertically and make several up-and-down strokes.
  • Brush tongue to remove bacteria and keep your breath fresher.

In addition to brushing your Teeth, you should also make sure you also floss your teeth daily or use an interdental cleaner. Tooth decay bacteria can still linger between your teeth where the tooth-brush bristles cannot reach. This will help to remove plaque and food particles from between your teeth and under your gum line.