Dental Health

Brush Up On Tooth-Brushing Skills

Brushing twice a day for two minutes is essential for reducing bacteria, fighting plaque build-up and removing stains from teeth. It also helps get rid of bad breath and reduce your risk of gum disease.

Be sure to replace your toothbrush every three to four months (or when the bristles look worn or after you have been sick). Here are some more tooth-brushing tips for a healthy mouth:

  • Brush all surfaces. It's important to brush the inner and outer surfaces of each tooth — especially those hard-to-reach spots — at a 45-degree angle.
  • Clean your tongue. Brushing or gently scraping your tongue helps eliminate bacteria that can cause bad breath.
  • Use a soft toothbrush. Brushes with hard bristles can wear down tooth structure over time.
  • Wait 30 minutes to brush if you’ve just eaten. If you’ve had an acidic meal, the brushing motion, mixed with acid, may remove tooth enamel.