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Toothbrush Techniques and Dental Care Tips


It took nearly three quarters of a century for dentists to recognize the damage caused by many years of aggressive, hard toothbrushing. Toothbrush abrasion commonly results in substantial erosion of the gum tissue and deep grooves in the teeth.

No matter how hard the brush or how thorough the technique, toothbrushing alone will not clean between the teeth.

The solution? Ideal dental hygiene practice must include dental floss, brushing teeth after every meal (at least twice a day), and regular professional dental care.

Toothbrushing Secrets

Proper toothbrush technique improves oral health.
  • Soft toothbrushes designed with rounded bristles are recommended for thorough, soothing cleansing of the teeth and soft tissues of the mouth. Look for the American Dental Association seal of approval. 
  • Place the brush at a 45-degree angle to the gum line. Using gentle pressure, vibrate the bristles in a small circular motion, carefully guiding the brush along the gum line.
  • Maintain the same angle on the inside gum line of the back teeth.
  • A 45-degree angle may be achieved on the inside of the upper and lower teeth by placing the brush straight in the mouth, on the inside gum line.
  • Lastly, brush the chewing surfaces of the back teeth.

Replace your toothbrush at least every 3-4 months.

The same success may be achieved with an electric brush, using the same technique described above. Even the best electric brush does not replace dental floss.

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