Before you start

While there are several tooth brushing techniques with a manual toothbrush, always ask your dental professional for their recommendation and be sure to follow their instructions. To start, use fluoride toothpaste with a soft-bristle toothbrush, and don’t forget to replace it every three months.

Two Minutes, Twice a Day

To brush your teeth correctly, spend at least two minutes using a recommended brushing technique, which includes 30 seconds brushing each section of your mouth (upper right, upper left, lower right and lower left), both morning and night. Since most manual toothbrushes don’t have built-in two-minute timers, you may want to have a clock handy so you can be sure you’re brushing long enough.

Positioning the toothbrush

How you hold the toothbrush depends on which part of the tooth you’re brushing. 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. Move on to chewing surfaces. Hold the brush flat and brush back and forth along these surfaces. Once you get to the inside surfaces of your front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and use gentle up-and-down strokes with the

Proper flossing technique

Use about 18 inches of floss, so you have a clean piece of floss to use on each tooth in the cleaning process. Curve the floss into a C-shape as you slide it up and down along the side of each tooth. Don’t forget to floss the back sides of your back teeth on both the left and right of the upper and lower teeth. Proper brushing and flossing technique as part of your daily oral care routine are the

How do I brush with an electronic toothbrush?

You can achieve better plaque removal and gingivitis reduction with an electric toothbrush that utilizes oscillating-rotating technology than with a regular manual toothbrush. This brushing action is very different from ordinary manual toothbrushes, as it does the job of brushing for you. Be sure to guide the brush head to all parts of your mouth. 1. Hold the brush parallel to the floor, against the side of your teeth. 2. Guide the brush head slowly from tooth to tooth, following

How much toothpaste should I use?

Chances are, the amount of toothpaste that you use each day has been the same since you can remember ever brushing your teeth. You may be surprised to find out that you’re probably using too much! Sure, most people know that they want to keep the product out of the reach of children (in case of accidental ingestion) but is there such a thing as too much or too little on your toothbrush each day? Using too much toothpaste (like

What about prescription strength toothpaste?

If your dentist prescribes a special toothpaste for you to use, he or she may want you to use it at night after you’ve already brushed with another toothpaste. That way the prescription grade product can have maximum contact with your already clean teeth and work as designed. Most prescription toothpastes contain a higher concentration of fluoride, which is why they’re sold behind the counter at pharmacies. As with everyday toothpastes, you only need to use an amount about the

What kind of toothpaste should I get?

For some of us, the toothpaste isle in our favorite drugstore can seem overwhelming. The dozens of brands multiplied by the various types of product choices make toothpaste selection feel like a game of chance. Is it as easy as picking your favorite shampoo and sticking with it for decades? How can you be so sure that you’re getting the best type of toothpaste for your oral health needs? Specialized Formulas If you don’t have specific types of dental concerns,

What Happens if I Don’t Brush My Teeth?

You’ve always heard that you’re supposed to brush your teeth for two minutes twice per day. But what happens if you don’t? Maybe you went through a period of poor lifestyle choices, suffered from a severe medical condition, or have a child that just doesn’t care about tooth brushing. If you were to go without brushing your teeth, this is what would happen: 1. Plaque and tartar develops – The very first thing you would notice if you don’t brush