How to clean your teeth properly

You should always use fluoride toothpaste as fluoride makes teeth stronger and more resistant to acid attacks. This in turn helps to prevent tooth decay.

Why Brush?

Brushing your teeth combats plaque, which builds up daily on the teeth. Removing plaque not only makes your teeth feel clean, but also helps to prevent bleeding gums, and makes your breath fresher too.

How Often?

Try to brush in the morning and last thing at night. In the morning, this will make your mouth feel clean and fresh. At night, brushing is especially important as it protects teeth against acid attack while you are asleep.

Which Toothbrush?

Choose a soft or medium (not hard) brush with a small head so that you can reach all those difficult corners. Replace your brush once it has become worn, as a worn brush will not clean your teeth properly.

How to Brush.

· Place the bristles of the toothbrush where the teeth and gums meet.

· Then, move the toothbrush back and forth using small, gentle movements to remove plaque from the gum region where it collects

· Hold the toothbrush like you would a pen, so that you don’t brush too hard. Use a finger grip, not a fist grip.

· Don’t hurry. Make time to clean every tooth surface and make sure you don’t miss anywhere.

* Always remove partial dentures and braces before you brush and clean them separately.

Check With the Experts.

Your dentist or hygienist can check that you are cleaning your teeth properly and can remove any tartar that may build up on your teeth and brushing can’t remove. They will be able to advise you whether you need dental floss or other special cleaning aids.

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