HOW TO BRUSH YOUR TEETH: Proper brushing takes at least two minutes. That’s right: 120 seconds. Most adults do not brush for so long. To get an idea of the time involved, use a chronometer. To properly brush your teeth, use short, gentle strokes, giving special attention to the gumline, back teeth and hard to reach areas around fillings, crowns and other repairs.
Concentrate on thoroughly cleaning each section in the following way:
- Clean the external surfaces of the upper teeth, then your lower teeth.
- Clean the inside surfaces of the upper teeth, then your lower teeth.
- Clean the chewing surfaces.
- To get a fresh breath, do not forget to brush your tongue.
What kind of toothbrush should I use?
Most dental professionals agreed that a soft-bristled brush is ideal for removing plaque and remains of food from teeth. Small head brushes are also recommended since they can better reach all areas of the mouth, even the hard to reach back teeth. For many, an electric toothbrush is a good alternative, because it does a better job of cleaning teeth, especially those who have difficulty brushing or limited manual dexterity.
What is the significance of the toothpaste I use?
It is important to use the right toothpaste for you. Nowadays, exists a great variety of toothpaste designed for many conditions, such as tooth decay, gingivitis, tartar, stained teeth and sensitivity. Ask your dentist or hygienist which toothpaste is right for you.
How often should I replace my toothbrush?
You should replace your toothbrush when it shows signs of wear or every three months. It is also important to change toothbrushes after a cold, since the bristles can collect germs that can lead to reinfection.