Proper brushing is essential for cleaning teeth and gums effectively. Use a toothbrush with soft, nylon, round-ended bristles that will not scratch and irritate teeth or damage gums.
- Place bristles along the gumline at a 45-degree angle. Bristles should contact both the tooth surface and the gumline.
- Gently brush the outer tooth surfaces of 2-3 teeth using a vibrating back and forth rolling motion. Move the brush to the next group of 2-3 teeth and repeat.
- Maintain a 45-degree angle with the bristles contacting the tooth surface and gumline. Gently brush using back, forth and rolling motion along all of the inner tooth surfaces.
- Tilt the brush vertically behind the front teeth. Make several up and down strokes using the front half of the brush.
- Place the brush against the biting surface of the teeth and use a gentle back and forth scrubbing motion. Brush the tongue from back to front to remove odor-producing bacteria.
- Remember to replace your toothbrush every three months. Researchers have established that thousands of microbes grow on toothbrush bristles and handles. Most are harmless, but others can cause cold and flu viruses and bacteria that can cause periodontal infections.