Regular brushing of your teeth twice a day (morning and night), along with flossing once a day will put you on the right path to effective oral health. To gain the maximum benefit from brushing your teeth, you should be brushing for two minutes, spending roughly 30 seconds on each quarter of your mouth.
The tools of the trade are also a very important aspect. You are best using a soft bristled toothbrush with a small head and flexible neck which will help to most effectively remove plaque and any debris from your teeth. Aim to replace your toothbrush/brush head every three months or at the first signs of wear and tear, whichever comes first. Below are some tips on brushing, using either a manual or electric toothbrush.
Manual Tooth Brushing Technique
Place the head of the toothbrush at a 45 degree angle to the gum margin.
Gently move the toothbrush in a small circular, forward and backward, jiggling or vibrating motion over each tooth to remove plaque found both above and below the gum line.
Repeat this process on both the inner and outer surfaces of each tooth.
Clean the chewing surfaces by using a backward and forward scrubbing action.
Electric Tooth Brushing Technique
Place the head of the brush against the tooth at the gum margin and move it in a gentle, rolling motion to cover all surfaces (inner, outer and chewing surfaces). Slight pressure against the tooth surface is sufficient, as the electric toothbrush will do most of the work.
Tooth brushing for Children
Use a soft bristled toothbrush with a small head, and children’s fluoride toothpaste, (400ppm fluoride NOT adult 1000ppm fluoride until they are over 6 years of age).