Dental Video: Fighting cavities, bad breath or discolored teeth use proper tooth brushing techniques

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Narrator: Proper tooth brushing involves five things a soft toothbrush, toothpaste with flouride, brushing long enough, the correct brushing action, and brushing at least twice a day. You can use a manual or electric toothbrush. Just make sure it has soft bristles. Soft bristles are kinder to your teeth and gums and they make it much easier to remove the plaque below the gum line where gum disease starts. Use a pea size amount of toothpaste that contains flouride. Flouride strengthens the outer layer of enamel that covers the teeth. It can stop a cavity in it’s tracks and give you more resistance to future cavities. Make sure your brushing routine lasts long enough to thoroughly remove plaque. We recommend that you brush for at least two minutes. Center your brush on the gum line and angle the bristles at a forty-five degree angle. Apply gentle pressure so the bristles slide under the gum line. Gently vibrate the brush as you move it in short circular wiggling motions. Brush one or two teeth at a time. Then move to the neighboring teeth, allowing some overlap. use this method to brush the insides and outsides of all the teeth. To brush the backs of the front teeth tilt the brush and make several up and down strokes. Then brush the chewing surfaces of the teeth using a gentle back and forth scrubbing motion and by brushing your tongue and the roof of your mouth. This removes germs and keeps your breath fresh. You can use a tongue brush with a special head to do the job or a tongue scrapper to remove the odor causing bacteria. When you brush is important too. Brushing after breakfast cleans away the morning’s food debris and brushing your teeth before bedtime protects your teeth all night. Follow our advice for better brushing and you’ll enjoy a cleaner, fresher, and healthier mouth.