We all know that brushing your teeth makes them look whiter and feel cleaner, but did you know that proper brushing boosts your overall health, too?
Brushing for just two minutes, twice a day, helps to remove bacterial plaque from your teeth and gums. If plaque is left in the mouth, it can lead to cavities, gum problems, and other health issues.
Brushing also helps you to keep your mouth fresh, prevent bad breath and avoid stained teeth.
So, next time you reach for your toothbrush, follow our top tips for a healthy smile.
How to Brush Your Teeth 1.20 minutes
How to brush your teeth
What’s the best way to brush?
- With the bristles at an angle of around 45 degrees to your teeth, gently brush the outer surfaces using a circular motion, keeping the brush in contact with both the tooth surface and the gumline. You can alsowatch a video here.
- Brush the inner surfaces of the front teeth, making up and down strokes with the front half of the brush.
- Next, move onto the other inner surfaces, holding the brush at a 45-degree angle and keeping it in contact with the teeth and gumline.
- Gently rub back and forth along all the flat, biting surfaces.
- Last but not least, brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth.
How often should I change my toothbrush?
Professionals recommend replacing your toothbrush minimum every three months, or as soon as the bristles begin to flare out. You should also replace it after you’ve had a cold or flu, as bacteria can linger on toothbrushes.