Correct Brushing Techniques, by Lifetime Dental of San Bernardino

  1. Choose a good toothbrush; a soft one with a small head. A soft brush is hard enough to effectively remove plaque and is yet gentle so as to not damage your teeth and gums.
  2. Choose a good toothpaste. Look for one that contains fluoride. Your dentist may prescribe a suitable toothpaste if you have special needs according to your treatment care.
  3. Ideally, one should brush after every meal. In any case, brushing at least twice a day is recommended.
  4. Follow the below steps for correct brushing:
    1. Take a pea sized amount of toothpaste on your toothbrush. The ideal brushing time is between 2 to 4 minutes.
    2. Hold the brush at an angle of 45 degrees towards the teeth. Gently press to the gums to allow the bristles to go between the teeth and gums. Using lateral strokes, circle the brush and use a sweeping motion to remove plaque.
    3. Repeat this motion 6 to 10 times and move on to the next area of 2 to 3 teeth.
    4. Start from a specific area in the mouth and work your way to the opposite side, continuing to the whole mouth and circling back to from where you started. This will ensure that you do not miss any region of the mouth.
    5. Your brushing is completed when you have brushed all the surfaces of your teeth.

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