Tooth brushing is the act of cleaning your teeth with a toothbrush and toothpaste it is one of the main aspects of good oral health.

Most people think they are doing a good job brushing their teeth, yet one out of two people have gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) in one or more areas of the mouth. Cavities are the #1 preventable childhood disease.

It does not really matter what kind of toothbrush you choose. What does matter, is how you use it.

  • Brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled brush. The size and shape of your brush should fit your mouth allowing you to reach all areas easily.
  • Replace your toothbrush every three or four months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed or you have been sick. A worn toothbrush won’t be as effective or do a good job of cleaning your teeth.
  • For children use a smear of toothpaste with fluoride to help prevent cavities.

Use a two-minute countdown to brush your teeth. You can start on the upper right or upper left depending on what hand you brush with and which side you prefer.

Start on the very back molars, by your ear, angling the toothbrush at a 45% angle toward the gums and brush the gums and the teeth at the same time. Spend two to three seconds in one spot to get the plaque that is just below the gum-line, then move slowly to the next teeth until you reach your nose, then flip the toothbrush to do the other side from the nose back to your ear. Brush the outsides on the top then the insides, next move to the lower and do the same. Outsides then the insides until you get all the surfaces of the teeth clean. The most common areas missed are the outsides of the upper teeth and the insides of the lower teeth.

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