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Positioning the toothbrush


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How you hold the toothbrush depends on which part of the tooth you’re brushing.

  1. Start with outer and inner surfaces, and brush at a 45-degree angle in short, half-tooth-wide strokes against the gum line. Make sure you reach your back teeth.
  2. Move on to chewing surfaces. Hold the brush flat and brush back and forth along these surfaces.
  3. Once you get to the inside surfaces of your front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and use gentle up-and-down strokes with the tip of brush.
  4. Be sure to brush gently along the gum line.
  5. Brush your tongue in a back-to-front sweeping motion to remove food particles and help remove odor-causing bacteria to freshen your breath.

Now that you’ve learned proper brushing technique, a little discipline in practicing it every day will help make it feel like second nature. It’s one of the easiest things you can do to maintain the health of your teeth and gums.