Below are some guidelines you can use to get the most out of your new toothbrushes
- Hold your brush at a 45-degree angle against your gumline. Gently brush from where the tooth and gum meet the chewing surface in short strokes. Brushing too hard can cause receding gums, tooth sensitivity, and, over time, loose teeth.
- Divide your brushing routine into sections instead of attempting to tackle all areas of your mouth at once. Be sure to gently brush your tongue, which helps to remove bacteria and freshen your breath, and your gums.
- Clean the chewing surfaces of your teeth by using short sweeping strokes, tipping the bristles into the pits and crevices.
- To clean the inside surfaces of your top and bottom front teeth and gums, hold the brush almost vertical. With back and forth motions bring the front part of the brush over the teeth and gums.
- Using a forward-sweeping motion, gently brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth to remove the decay-causing bacteria that exist in these places.
- Brush for 2-3 minutes.
- Use right kind of bristles for right kind of use(soft, medium and hard bristles)
- The IDA recommends that patients also supplement brushing with a fluoride mouth rinse. The use of fluoride can decrease bacterial count and reduce the occurrence of plaque.
- Replace your toothbrush when it begins to show wear or every three months. It is also important that you change your toothbrush after you have had a cold since the bristles can collect germs that can lead to infection.