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How to Brush Your Teeth Properly

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The recommended proper brushing method has changed somewhat over the past two or three decades. Adopting the correct tooth-brushing technique will help you promote healthy teeth. Regular brushing should be an important component of your daily dental care regimen.

How to Brush Your Teeth Correctly

According to the American Dental Association (ADA), these recommendations help you have a healthy mouth and a winning smile.

ADA-accepted toothpastes are listed below:

Aim Cavity Protection
Aquafresh for Kids
Arm & Hammer Dental Care
Colgate Cavity Protection
Colgate Total
Colgate for Kids
Cool Wave Fresh Mint Gel
Crest Cavity Protection
Crest Pro-Health
Crest Kids SparkleFun (all varieties)
Freshmint Premium
Hello and Hello Kid’s
Sensodyne
Tom’s of Maine (all varieties)
SparkleFresh

Proper Teeth Brushing Technique

Here is the ADA recommendation for the proper brushing techniques.

How Long Should You Brush Your Teeth?

According to the ADA, you should brush your teeth for two minutes each time. There are some children’s toothbrushes that kids can press that emit a flashing light that lasts two minutes so they get comfortable with the recommended brushing time per the ADA. Adults need to time themselves.

How Many Times a Day Should You Brush Your Teeth?

The nation’s dentists recommend that you brush at least two times per day. As previously noted, these two brushings should last around two minutes each.

How to Brush Your Gums?

Most dentists recommend that you brush your gums lightly in small circles with bristles pointing upward at 45-degree angles for your top gums with bristles pointing downward for your bottom gums. If you have great gums, spend more brushing time on your teeth than your gums.

Some Benefits of Brushing Teeth Correctly

These are but a few of the key benefits of brushing your teeth properly at least twice per day. The proper toothbrushing technique, as described above, is not hard to use. Get in the habit of doing it correctly.

Author; Dr Jeremy Rourke, B.D.S. Hons. Syd Univ. Dental Surgeon

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