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How to Brush Teeth


It’s the cornerstone of a healthy mouth. Brushing your teeth daily is a routine that will help preserve your smile and prevent problems. You can also help your child develop proper brushing habits by teaching them how to brush from an early age. Read the following tips to learn how to maintain good oral health through proper brushing.
 

Brushing Basics

how-to-brush-teeth.jpgTo keep your mouth healthy, The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends you do the following:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time. Pick two times a day that work best for your schedule and stick to it. Most people find it easier and most convenient to brush teeth in the morning and before going to bed. 
  • Use a soft-bristled brush. Pick a size and shape that fits your mouth well to make sure it can reach all areas. 
  • Replace your toothbrush every three to four months. If bristles become frayed or matted down before then, replace it sooner, as using a disfigured toothbrush can damage gums.
  • Use an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste.
     

How to properly brush teeth: 

  • Place your toothbrush on your teeth at a 45-degree angle to the gums. 
  • Use a circular motion to brush a couple of teeth at a time. 
  • Brush all surfaces of the teeth (outside, inside, and chewing surfaces).
  • To clean hard-to-reach inside surfaces of the front teeth, tilt the brush upright and make vertical strokes.
  • Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and keep your breath fresh.
     

Next, learn how to floss teeth.

If you have questions about proper teeth cleaning, see Dental Hygiene & Preventative Care FAQs.