Proper brushing is essential for cleaning teeth and gums effectively. Use a toothbrush with a soft, nylon, round-ended bristle that will not scratch and irritate teeth or damage gums.
- Place bristles along the gumline at a 45-degree angle. Bristles should contact both the tooth surface and the gumline.
- Gently brush the outer tooth surfaces of 2-3 teeth using a vibrating back-and-forward rolling motion. A rolling motion is when the brush makes contact with the gumline and is moved downward toward the chewing surface. Then move the brush to the next group of two to three teeth and repeat.
- Maintain a 45-degree angle with the bristles contacting the tooth surface and gumline. Gently brush using the back-and-forward rolling motion along all of the inner tooth surfaces.
- Tilt the brush vertically behind the front teeth. Make several up-and-down strokes using the front half of the brush.
- Place the brush against the biting surface of the teeth and use a gentle back-and-forth scrubbing motion. Brush the tongue and the roof of your mouth from back to front to remove odor-producing bacteria.
And of course, don’t forget to maintain a regular brushing schedule for clean, healthy teeth!