Brushing is essential to remove food particles and debris from your teeth and gums. Whether you use an electric or manual toothbrush is a matter of personal choice, although some patients find a good quality, electric brush more effective in removing plaque.
It's important to use a brush in conjunction with a fluoride-containing toothpaste. Ask a member of your dental team for advice about which brush and toothpaste is best suited to your oral health needs.
Many of us think we're brushing our teeth correctly, but are actually missing certain teeth and allowing plaque to build up, which can lead to tooth decay. Here's a quick guide to good brushing to help you clean your teeth and gums effectively…
Place the head of your toothbrush against your teeth, then tilt the bristle tips to a 45 degree angle against the gum line. Move the brush in small circular movements, several times, on all the surfaces of every tooth.
Brush the outer surfaces of each tooth, upper and lower, keeping the bristles angled against the gum line.
Use the same method on the inside surfaces of all your teeth.
Brush the biting surfaces of the teeth.
To clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and make several small circular strokes with the front part of the brush.
Brushing your tongue will help freshen your breath and clean your mouth by removing bacteria.
If you struggle with your brushing technique, ask your dental team to help you find an effective style that works for you.