In order to get maximum efficiency when brushing your teeth you should use the following guide.
- Hold the bristles at a 45-degree angle along the gumline. The bristles should contact both the tooth surface and the gumline. Without exerting excessive pressure, brush the external surface of 2 or 3 teeth with a vibrating back and forth, rolling motion. Move the toothbrush to the next group of 2 or 3 teeth and repeat the procedure.
- Tilt the toothbrush vertically behind the front teeth. Make several up and down strokes using the front half of the brush.
- Maintain a 45-degree angle with bristles contacting the tooth surface and gumline. Gently brush using back, forth & rolling motion along all of the inner tooth surfaces.
- Position the toothbrush on the biting surface of the teeth and rub them delicately using back-and-forth motion.
How often should I change my toothbrush?
Most dental professionals recommend that toothbrushes be replaced every three months, or more frequently if you are an extremely vigorous brusher and you notice the bristles begin to flare out. Since bacteria’s tend to stay on the toothbrush, it should be replaced after you have had a cold, flu, or other upper respiratory infection.