Brushing Your Teeth
- Brush at least twice a day for 2-3 minutes with fluoride toothpaste such as Colgate Total.
- Brush with a small soft tooth brush using a circular action to the gum level - this is where most plaque builds up.
- Avoid scrubbing back and forth. Brushing too hard can cause receding gums, tooth sensitivity, and, over time, loose teeth.
- Move along one tooth at a time with the brush head angled down to the gum line to ensure you don't miss any spots.
- Using a forward-sweeping motion, gently brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth to remove the decay-causing bacteria that exist in these places.
- Change your tooth brush around every 3 months or when the bristles start to splay, whichever comes first. If the bristles are splaying much sooner you need to use a more gentle action.
- For best results use an electric toothbrush such as Colgate or Braun-Oral B electric tooth brushes with extra soft tooth brush heads.