Brushing your teeth every morning and night was probably one of the first habits you started and continue to do now. But are you brushing correctly?
Did you know proper brushing takes two minutes, twice a day? Most people don't and in most cases they're not spending long enough brushing their teeth.
To properly brush your teeth you should use a good toothbrush, toothpaste and use gentle strokes, making sure not to miss your gumline, back teeth and areas around fillings, crowns or other dental work. Your dentist or hygienist will be able to recommend the best toothbrush and toothpaste for you.
If you work around your mouth in sections it's easier to make sure you spend enough time cleaning correctly.
- Start by cleaning your upper teeth beginning with the outer surface
- Repeat the process on the inside of your top teeth
- Then head to your bottom teeth, starting with the outer surface
- Repeat the process on the inside of your bottom teeth
- Then clean the surfaces of your teeth used to chew food from top to bottom
Remember: Replace your toothbrush every three months or whenever it becomes worn. Be sure to replace your toothbrush after you've been sick.
Tips for optimum oral health:
- Visit your dentist at least once a year for an Exam and X-Rays Check-Up
- Visit your hygienist every 6 months for a professional clean
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day with flouride toothpaste for two minutes each time
- Floss at least once a day
- Maintain a healthy diet, limit sugar consumption and drink lots of water