If you’re like most people, you probably don’t give much thought to how you brush your teeth, beyond squirting on some toothpaste and scrubbing back and forth. But as your dentist will tell you, how you brush your teeth matters a great deal.
How often you brush, how long you brush, the kind of technique and the toothbrush you use all impact on the effectiveness of your brushing. For instance, did you know you should brush for a minimum of two minutes, twice a day? Most people don’t come close to brushing for that long, often brushing their teeth quickly and distractedly.
Brush twice a day, using fluoride toothpaste.
- Brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes, twice a day.
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush with small head and flexible neck.
- Clean teeth systematically, holding toothbrush at gumline at a 45 degree angle.
- Don’t press too hard – too much pressure can damage gums & teeth enamel.
- Choose a toothpaste with fluoride and replace your toothbrush every 3 months.
Read more about the importance of brushing, correct techniques and choosing the right toothpaste by downloading the Brushing Fact Sheet provided by the ADA.