Subject: Tooth-brushing Techniques
How you brush your teeth really does matter! Proper Brushing is one of the best tools we have to prevent tooth decay and periodontal disease. While most dentists say it is imperative to brush at least twice a day, many recommend brushing after meals and snacks when at all possible. When brushing, most experts say you should spend at least two minutes brushing in order to adequately clean all the surfaces of your teeth.
It is important to use proper technique when brushing your teeth in order to not to damage the gum tissue surrounding each tooth. When brushing your upper teeth, the toothbrush should be held at a 45 degree angle to the gum line and the brush should be rolled down along the surface being brushed. One should start in one corner of the upper arch and work his way around all of the upper teeth. Each surface of the tooth should be brushed in this manner. The outer aspect of the tooth should be brushed carefully as well as the inner surface. When brushing the biting surfaces one should be careful to clean all food out of the grooves that exist on all posterior teeth.
When brushing the bottom teeth one should hold the brush at a 45 degree angle at the gum line and roll the brush upward as they progress around the arch.
Dentists and hygienists recommend using toothbrushes with soft bristles. A toothbrush should be replaces when the bristles begin to flare or fray. Dentists recommend changing toothbrushes at least 3 to 4 times a year.