How to Brush Teeth - Delaware Healthy Smiles

Brush-Up Overview

Brushing is the simplest and most important thing anyone can do to take care of their teeth. Brush teeth twice a day; once in the morning after breakfast and again at night before bed time for two minutes each time with a fluoride toothpaste to remove plaque and strengthen enamel. Use a soft toothbrush when you brush teeth to avoid wear on the teeth and irritation of the gums.

Teeth have three surfaces: the front side we see when we smile, the back sides that touch our tongues, and the tops or chewing surfaces we use to crush food. You should brush teeth with a toothbrush at a 45-degree angle along the gum line and move the brush across two to three teeth at a time in a short, circular motion like the wheels move on a train. Cycle around your mouth this way, top to bottom, starting with all the outside surfaces, followed by the inside surfaces, and finishing with the chewing surfaces. Some of the inside surfaces can be reached better by turning the toothbrush vertically and using up and down strokes (especially the lower front area) for better access to tight spaces.

Don’t forget to brush your tongue! Our tongues harbor all the same bacteria our teeth do. Gentle scrubbing with your toothbrush at the end of your routine will help keep your mouth healthy and your breath fresh.

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