Here are a handful of things to keep in mind the next time you grab your toothbrush
Brush at Least Twice a Day-No matter how poor your current brushing technique might be, you need to go at it at least twice a day to keep your teeth in top shape. The toothpaste you use can vary widely. It may be fluoride or tartar control, gel-based or cream based, mouth wash containing toothpastes and whitening toothpastes to bring back the shininess to your teeth.
Is the type of tooth brush important?
Use a soft bristled brush. a hard bristled brush can result in microscopic cuts, scrapes and abrasions on your gums
The Motion is the Key
Hold your brush at a 45-degree angle against your gum line. Gently brush from where the tooth and gum meet to the chewing surface in short (about half-a-tooth-wide) strokes. Brushing too hard can cause receding gums, tooth sensitivity, and, over time, loose teeth.
According to the American Dental Association, you should spend about two minutes total brushing your teeth each time you do it.
Perhaps the most important part of brushing your teeth is the amount of force you use. With the right toothpaste, a new toothbrush and the right technique, a gentle scrub will be more than adequate to rid your mouth of plaque and foul odor. By pressing as hard as you can, you are simply costing yourself precious enamel and a mouthful of blood from tiny cuts you make in your gums.
New is Better
On average, a toothbrush can last you about four months, but if you wear braces and you are shredding your brush sooner than that, you may want to renew every month or so. One last note, you don't need the fancy new brush with the gum massages and remote control attached to the end. A basic brush is all you need to keep your mouth in top shape.
Facts on Flossing
Brushing is important but it won't remove the plaque and particles of food between your teeth, under the gum line, or under braces. You'll need to floss these spaces at least once a day.
The type of floss you choose depends on how much space you have between your teeth. untaxed floss are thinner and easier to slide through small spaces.
With any floss, you should be careful to avoid injuring your gums. Follow these instructions: