Utilizing a proper brushing technique three times a day for at least 2 minutes each can help maintain good oral health and hygiene, according to WebMD. Good brushing habits can even whiten and brighten the teeth.
Choosing the right toothbrush for the job is important, notes WebMD. Softer bristles work best for sensitive gums, compact toothbrushes work well for reaching small spaces and electric toothbrushes work especially well for those with arthritis or shoulder, hand or arm issues. Choose a toothpaste based on personal preference or a dentist's recommendations. Whitening pastes are designed to whiten the enamel, but basic fluoride pastes work just as well without the harsh grit.
- Prepare the toothbrush
- Divide and brush
Rinse the toothbrush well to remove any bacteria and soften the bristles. Apply a pea-sized amount of toothpaste to the brush.
Begin in one corner of the mouth. Brush the outer upper tooth surfaces followed by the outer lower surfaces. Next, clean the inner upper and then inner lower tooth surfaces. Clean all of the chewing surfaces, then brush the tongue. Use gentle pressure and short strokes, spending extra time on the gum line and difficult-to-reach areas, as well as areas with fillings or other restorative materials.
Rinse thoroughly with water after brushing. Follow up with a mouthwash or whitening rinse, if desired.