Brushing your teeth is something you do two or more times a day. And while this is great, the better you brush, the better results you’ll get for your teeth. While any dentist will tell you that you should brush for two or more minutes during every brushing session, there are a few things you may not know about brushing your teeth.
When you brush your teeth, you should start with the outer surfaces. Try going tooth by tooth so you don’t miss any spots. Then, tilt your brush at a 45-degree angle and start brushing against your gumline. This will help eliminate any food debris or plaque from your teeth. Use short, tooth-wide strokes when you do this.
Once you brush your gumline, move onto the inner surfaces of your teeth. While it may be tempting to skip this part, remember that the inner surfaces of your teeth as just as vulnerable to plaque buildup. After you’re done with the inner surfaces of your teeth, clean the chewing surfaces. Use short strokes to brush the tops of your teeth, paying close attention to your back molars.
Dentists recommend brushing your tongue and finishing off your teeth brushing with a rinse of mouthwash. If possible, use an electric toothbrush to brush your teeth and make sure you’re replacing your toothbrush or brush head every three months.
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