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The Correct Way to Brush Your Teeth: 9 Tips for Better Brushing

Brushing daily and cleaning between your teeth is important because it helps remove plaque. If the plaque isn’t removed, it builds up and can cause tooth decay and gum disease. You should brush your teeth at least twice daily and replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months, or when the bristles get worn.

Many people aren’t sure of the correct technique for cleaning their teeth. Below are the steps for getting the most benefit from brushing:
  • Use a soft brush for optimal plaque removal.
  • Keep the toothbrush at a 45 degree angle and aim towards the gum line.
  • Use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste.
  • Brush using short strokes.
  • Move back and forth against the teeth and gums, around the surface of every tooth.
  • Use the tip of the brush to reach behind each front tooth on the top and bottom.
  • Brush the tongue for fresher breath.
  • Don’t apply too much pressure. Using too much pressure can cause abrasion of the enamel and gums, leading to tooth sensitivity.
  • Brush for at least two minutes to ensure a thorough cleaning.

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