How you BRUSH your TEETH matters a great deal, with how often you brush, how long you brush, the kind of technique and the toothbrush you use, all major influences on the effectiveness of your brushing. To gain the maximum benefit from brushing, you should brush for at least two minutes morning and night, using a soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head and a flexible neck. The advantage of these toothbrushes is that they remove the plaque and debris from your teeth without damaging your teeth and gums. It’s all in the technique.
You should clean your teeth systematically, starting at the back of your mouth with the toothbrush bristle at the gum line on a 45° angle, brushing gently in a soft and circular motion. If you scrub too hard from side to side, you can run the risk of causing your gums to recede, as well as damaging the tooth enamel. You should take care to brush carefully along the inner, outer and chewing surfaces, making sure you tip the toothbrush so you can reach the inner front areas of the teeth, which are often missed.
If limited dexterity is an issue, you might consider using a powered or electric toothbrush. They can be programmed to run for two minutes, making keeping to the correct length of brushing time easy, and the very good ones are rechargeable, with pressure sensors and they even rate your cleaning.
Be sure to change your toothbrush or toothbrush head every 3 months or as soon as the bristles bend.
1. Brush for 2 minutes morning and night
2. Use a soft toothbrush with a small head, or better still an electric toothbrush that is rechargeable with a pressure sensor and timer
3. Don't push too hard
4. Brush in a soft circular motion
5. Change the toothbrush or electric toothbrush head each 3 months
6. Keep your tooth brush upright so the bristles can dry, move it away form the basin where it might get splashed
7. Use a remineralising toothpaste that has calcium, phosphate and fluoride
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