Proper Toothbrushing Technique

The American Dental Association recommends that you brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time with a soft-bristled toothbrush.

To review the proper brushing technique, here are the essentials.

  1.  Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums.
  2. Move the brush back and forth in gentle, short strokes.
  3. Tilt the brush vertically and make several up-and-down strokes to clean the inside surface of the front teeth.
  4. Brush your tongue to help fight against bad breath by removing bacteria that hide in the bumps and grooves of your tongue.
  5. Replace your toothbrush every 3 months or sooner if the bristles become frayed.