HOW TO BRUSH YOUR TEETH – PROPER BRUSHING TECHNIQUE
WHAT TO USE
- Brush your teeth twice daily with a medium bristled toothbrush. AVOID HARD BRUSHES. The size and shape of your brush should fit into your mouth allowing you to reach all areas easily.
- Replace your toothbrush every three months or sooner when the bristles are frayed. A worn out toothbrush wouldn’t do a good job of cleaning your teeth.
- Use a fluoridated toothpaste, when buying your toothpaste ensure it contains fluoride, as this helps in preventing cavities.
HOW TO BRUSH
- Put a ‘pea’ size amount of toothpaste on your toothbrush.
- Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums.
- Brush the outer surfaces, inner surfaces and the chewing surfaces of the teeth.
- When brushing the outer surfaces of both upper and lower teeth, gently move the bristles from the gum line to the tip of the teeth i.e up-down strokes for upper teeth and down-up strokes for lower teeth.
- To clean the inner surfaces of the teeth, tilt the brush vertically and make several up-down strokes for the upper teeth and down-up strokes for the lower teeth.
- Gently scrub the chewing surfaces of the teeth in a horizontal pattern.
- Don’t forget to brush your tongue gently, taking the brush to the back of the tongue to remove food debris.
- Rinse out gently with clean water.
- Your brushing time is 2 minutes. Avoid brushing for too long and don’t be aggressive while brushing.
- Brush your teeth twice daily: in the morning and in the night before bedtime.
- Visit your dentist if you bleed while brushing or you notice any abnormal discharge.