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Brushing your teeth


Brushing your teeth

Brushing your teeth is an important part of your dental care routine. For a healthy mouth and smile the ADA recommends you:

Brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled brush. The size and shape of your brush should fit your mouth allowing you to reach all areas easily.
Replace your toothbrush every three or four months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed. A worn toothbrush won’t do a good job of cleaning your teeth.
Make sure to use an ADA accepted fluoride toothpaste.

The proper brushing technique is to: Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums. Gently move the brush back and forth in short (tooth-wide) strokes.
Brush the outer surfaces, the inner surfaces, and the chewing surfaces of the teeth. To clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and make several up-and-down strokes. Of course, brushing your teeth is only a part of a complete dental care routine.

You should also make sure to:

Clean between teeth daily once a day.
Tooth decay-causing bacteria still linger between teeth where toothbrush bristles can’t reach.
This helps remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line.
Eat a balanced diet that limits sugary beverages and snacks.
See your dentist regularly for the prevention and treatment of oral disease.

Horizontal Reciprocating Motion:
Place the brush on either on the left or right side of the teeth and the brush is moved along the side of the dentition to the back region and pull towards the front region.

  • Vibratory motion technique – Bass Method.
  • Rotary Brushing Technique.
  • Roll stroke brushing technique


Aim the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle towards the gum line.
Use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste.
Use a gentle circular motion.
Repeat on the inside surfaces.
Use a light back and forth motion on the chewing surfaces.
Spit out the toothpaste after brushing.
You do not need to rinse, as the small amount of fluoridated toothpaste left in your mouth after spitting continues to protect against tooth decay.

> Daily brushing and cleaning between the teeth is important because it removes plaque. If the plaque isn’t removed, it builds up and can cause tooth decay and gum disease. You should brush your teeth at least twice a day and toothbrushes should be replaced every 3-4 months, or when the bristles get worn or frayed.
It is important to brush your teeth to prevent gum disease. Refusal to brush one’s teeth for several days can lead to the onset of gum disease. Brushing ensures the removal of plaque, which is the primary cause for tooth decay and gum disease; it also arrests the build-up of any plaque formation.
Brushing your teeth before you go to sleep at night helps protect against plaque build-up, tooth decay, and gum disease. If you are particularly susceptible to cavities and gum disease, dentists recommend that you brush immediately after dinner, then again right before bedtime.
> Brushing your teeth regularly is a key way to improve oral health. Aim to gently brush at least twice each day, for two minutes each time. Experts also recommend regular professional cleanings, both to keep your teeth clean and to catch early signs of tooth or gum issues requiring treatment.

> Maintaining a fresh breath: When you don’t brush your teeth regularly, bacteria build-up occurs in the mouth which can cause a variety of problems. To prevent bacteria from building up, make sure to brush your teeth twice a day as well as chewing sugar-free gum after each meal.
> Prevents gum disease: You are at risk of plaque build-up on the teeth when you don’t brush often. Plaque is an accumulation of bacteria and food that occurs in everyone’s mouth. However, this plaque can lead to Gingivitis, a yellow lining on the base of the tooth that meets the gum. This is often the first stage of gum disease which causes inflammation of the gums and bleeds when you brush them.
Removes teeth stains – Toothpaste contains mild abrasives that remove debris and surface stains such as include calcium carbonate, aluminum oxides dehydrated silica gels, phosphate salts hydrated, and silicates.

Reduces your chances of getting a heart attack or stroke – The Bacteria build-up from your mouth can travel down into the bloodstream, increasing the likelihood of cholesterol build up in the arteries. This can, therefore, elevate the chances of getting a stroke or heart attack.

Saves you money – Curing is always more expensive than the cure, and is usually a lot harder work! Brushing your teeth twice a day will not only improve your gums and teeth health, but it will help in preventing problems in the future, ultimately leaving you with reduced dental bills.

Have a healthy baby – Gum disease has been shown to increase the chance of premature birth and low birth weight. If you are pregnant, keep in mind that the bacteria build-up from in your mouth from not brushing your teeth can get into the bloodstream of your baby, putting them in risk. It can also be one of the many causes of delayed conception and impotence.

Prevent Dementia – Some studies have shown that Poor gum health increases your risk of developing dementia.

Those 3 minutes of brushing, twice a day can really save your life and prevent many serious diseases by 30% to 40%.




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