Brushing your teeth is integral in maintaining good oral health. Brushing removes plaque – a substance that reacts with decaying food particles in your mouth causing your tooth enamel to erode. It is recommended to brush your teeth three times daily, particularly after meals and before bedtime. The length of time you spend brushing your teeth is just as critical as the frequency of brushing. If you brush your teeth for three minutes at a time, three times daily, you will have cleaner teeth, fresher breath, and a better chance at avoiding cavities.
- Try to spend 2-3 minutes every time you brush your teeth. This helps ensure that you don’t miss hard-to-reach places or neglected surfaces.
- Keep your brush at a 45-degree angle to your teeth – do not scrub your teeth straight on!
- Use short, circular motions to sweep the food particles out from under the gums.
- Brush all surfaces of your teeth, making sure to reach the sides and lower portions near the gum line.
- Brush other areas of your mouth – the gums, tongue and roof of your mouth can be prime areas for bacteria.
- Avoid big-headed toothbrushes, and instead opt for ones with soft round-headed bristles having a small compact head (about 1 by 1/2 inches).
- Replace your toothbrush at least four times a year.