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How to Brush Your Teeth

Get the most from your tooth-brushing time.

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Brushing your teeth is important for a healthy smile. Get the most from your tooth-brushing time with these tips:

  • Choose a brush that is the right size (smaller is usually better than larger) with soft bristles.
  • A pea-sized amount of toothpaste with fluoride is all you need.
  • Brush with light pressure. Brushing too hard can hurt your gums and enamel.
  • Your toothbrush will only clean one or two teeth at a time. Move it around to clean each tooth.
  • Tilt the bristles at a 45-degree angle toward your teeth. Slide the tips of the brush under the gums.
  • Jiggle the bristles gently to clean plaque under the gums.
  • Brush all sides of your teeth - the outside, the tongue side (brush your tongue, too!) and the chewing surfaces.
  • For front teeth, the front part of the brush should go over the teeth and gums. Tilt the brush and make several up and down strokes. Make sure to brush the inside surfaces, too.
  • Brush after breakfast and before bedtime every day, for two minutes each time.
  • Get a new toothbrush every three or four months. Replace it sooner if the bristles spread out or look worn. Your dentist may offer free toothbrushes for you when you visit.

These tips work for most people. If you have special oral health needs, please check with your dentist to see if these tips are best for you.


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