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How to Brush Your Teeth

Tooth Brushing Technique

You’ve been brushing your teeth your whole life, but are you getting the most from your efforts? The following technique will help you get the most thorough clean.

  • On the outer and inner surfaces, brush your teeth at a 45-degree angle in shorthalf-tooth-wide strokes against the gum line.
  • On chewing surfaces, hold the brush flat and brush back and forth.
  • On inside surfaces of front teeth, tilt brush vertically and use gentle up and down strokes with toe of brush.
  • Brush the tongue in a back-to-front sweeping motion to remove food particles and freshen your mouth.

Remember to spend at least 30 seconds on each quadrant of your mouth, adding up to two minutes each time you brush.

Choose the Right Toothpaste

Choose a toothpaste that contains fluoride, which helps strengthen weak spots and prevent tooth cavities.

Change Your Toothbrush

Most dental professionals recommend replacing your toothbrush every three months. To remind yourself, write the date you should change your toothbrush in permanent marker on the handle.