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How to Properly Brush Your Teeth

2-3 minutes, twice a day is all it takes. But there’s more to it than meets the tooth.

You live life on-the-go and it’s tough to slow down for even a second. But if you want to brush your teeth the right way, don’t rush. Here’s why.

Bacteria invade every inch of your mouth. So take your time when you brush. Get in there and get everywhere. A clean mouth isn’t just about your teeth. You need to brush your tongue, cheeks and the roof of your mouth, too, altogether for 2-3 minutes a day, twice a day.

Good brushing could lead to better overall health. Follow these tips and you’ll a better brusher in no time at all:

Harder is not better

Be gentle! Brushing too hard, too fast can cause receding gums. And that can expose roots and make your mouth sensitive to cold, hot and acidic drinks and foods. Buy a soft toothbrush and use slow, gentle strokes.

 

Reach those recesses

It's easy to brush front teeth, but it’s easy to forget your back teeth when you’re in a hurry. Make sure to focus on every tooth surface, your cheeks and tongue.

 

Brush at a 45° angle

Hold your toothbrush at a 45° angle to your gum line. This allows the bristles to gently reach plaque that typically forms around the base of teeth down in the gums.

 

Use short strokes

Broad strokes can irritate gums, making them swell, bleed and recede. Use short, gentle strokes and move in a gentle side-to-side motion.

 

Dump your toothbrush

Breaking up is hard to do, but old brushes can’t clean your teeth. Change them every 3-4 months. To prevent delays, buy two toothbrushes at time so you’ll always have a new one handy.

 

Want to learn more about taking care of your mouth?

Why gum care prevents disease

Flossing the right way

Taking care of your toothbrush

Keeping your lips soft