What Is the Correct Way to Brush Your Teeth?

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The correct way to brush your teeth is to use short, gentle strokes on the teeth, while paying special attention to the gum line. According to Colgate, brushing your teeth should take at least 2 minutes twice a day.

  1. Pick the right toothbrush

    Most dentists say that a soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head is best for removing plaque and debris while getting into those hard-to-reach places. An electric toothbrush is best for those who have limited dexterity in their hands and does a better job at cleaning teeth.

  2. Pick the right toothpaste

    There are many types of toothpaste, and some are tailored specifically for dental issues such as sensitivity, plaque, cavities or gingivitis. Each person's mouth is different, and it is advisable to talk to your dentist about what toothpaste is best for you.

  3. Clean the teeth

    Hold your brush at a 45 degree angle, and use short, circular strokes or back and forth motions on your teeth. Brush the gum line in a pattern that pushes debris away from it. Gently brush the inside and outside of each tooth using this motion. Make sure that all chewing surfaces are clean, and brush the surface of the tongue too.