WHAT IS THE BEST TECHNIQUE FOR BRUSHING?

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Outer surface of teeth:
Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against your gums and gently brush in a small rotating movement.
Chewing surface:
Use the toothbrush as shown, and applying slight pressure, brush back and forth over the chewing surface.
Inside surface of the front teeth:
Angle the brush as shown and use gentle back and forth strokes with the end of the brush.
Tongue:
Brush the tongue in a back-to-front sweeping motion to remove food particles and freshen your mouth or you can use one of the many tongue scrapers available.

Electric toothbrushing requires a modified technique. An electric toothbrush with a small, preferably round head, is used to clean each individual tooth by holding the brush against the outside, inside and top of the tooth for five seconds. Make sure the brush is half on the gum and half on the tooth and press gently whilst the head is vibrating

SOFT OR HARD BRISTLES?

In general, a toothbrush head should be small (1″ by ½”) for easy access. It should have a long, wide handle for a firm grasp. It should have soft, nylon bristles with round ends. Some brushes are too abrasive and can wear down teeth. A soft, rounded, multi-tufted brush can clean teeth effectively. Press just firmly enough to reach the spaces between the teeth as well as the surface. Medium and hard bristles are not recommended.

HOW LONG SHOULD I BRUSH?

To make sure you’re doing a thorough job and not missing any spots, patients are advised to brush the full 3-4 minutes twice a day, instead of brushing quickly five or more times through the day. This should be followed by flossing.