What Is the Proper Way to Brush Your Teeth?


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Brushing teeth seems simple enough, and it can be with proper practice. However, the most thorough way of brushing teeth and fighting cavities and gingivitis should take a full two minutes with a good brush and proper techniques to reach back teeth, around fillings and crowns and especially close to the gum line, according to Colgate.

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What Is the Proper Way to Brush Your Teeth?
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To make the best of your tooth-cleaning regimen, start by using a watch or clock to time yourself, and make sure you are spending a full 120 seconds for brushing. Use this method three times a day after each main meal.

Also, only use a toothbrush with clean bristles that have not been dented, crushed or bent by overuse. WebMD recommends replacing toothbrushes every three months. If using an electric or battery-powered toothbrush, change out the bristle head by following the manufacturer's recommendations.

The most aspect of brushing is to take your time using gentle, massaging strokes to clean all the surfaces of each tooth, especially the hard-to-reach teeth in back of the mouth, according to WebMD. Take care to reach along the entire gum line to help stave off gum disease. Imagine the brush as a miniature version of the big roller found inside a car wash. Let it roll back and forth over the enamel of your teeth.

Finally, brush the tongue to remove decaying food particles to promote fresh breath, according to Colgate. Then floss rinse to keep the mouth clean and healthy.

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