How should I brush my teeth?

Brushing removes plaque and bits of food from the inner, outer and biting surfaces of your teeth. Here is one way to remove plaque – discuss with your dentist which is the best for you:

  • Place the head of your toothbrush against your teeth, then tilt the bristle tips to a 45-degree angle against your gumline. Move the brush in small circular movements, several times, on all the surfaces of every tooth.
  • Brush the outer surface of each tooth, upper and lower, keeping the bristles angled against your gumline.
  • Do this again, but on the inside surfaces of all your teeth.
  • To clean the inside surfaces of your front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and make several small, circular strokes with the front part of the brush.
  • Brush the biting surfaces of your teeth.
  • Brush your tongue to help freshen your breath and clean your mouth by removing bacteria
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