Back to basics: how to brush your teeth

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It’s no secret that brushing helps keep your teeth happy and healthy. So even if it feels like second nature, it’s always good to check you’re doing it right.

Start with a clear routine

The best advice is to brush for at least two minutes twice a day, in the morning and before you go bed. It is also recommended by dentists to clean between your teeth. Use an interdental brush or floss at least once a day to help remove any lingering foods or plaque. Rinsing with mouthwash can also help protect your teeth and leave your breath feeling fresh.

Keep your brush trim

Brushing your teeth works when your equipment is in tip-top shape, which is why you should replace your toothbrush every three months before the bristles get frayed. If you think your brush has had its day, switch it up even sooner.

Brushing tips for you to try

  • Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gums, and gently move back and forth in short (tooth-wide) strokes.
  • Brush the outsides of your teeth, followed by the crowns (top of each tooth) and finally the backs that face your throat.
  • If you’re struggling to clean the backs, tilt your toothbrush vertically and make several up-and-down strokes.
  • Finally, you could try gently brushing your tongue to help remove bacteria and keep your breath minty fresh.
  • Always brush two times a day for at least two minutes. And it’s as easy as that.

Ways to improve your dental health

It may be a no brainer, but eating a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables is good for your teeth, helping to keep them in better shape. In the same way, smoking tobacco is bad for your oral health. Smoking increases your risk of gum disease, bad breath, tooth discoloration as well as many other general health problems. If you need help quitting, speak to your doctor for support and advice.

Proper dental hygiene is centred around a good brushing routine. But to keep your teeth and gums healthy, think about what goes into your mouth and how it might affect your teeth. After all, happy teeth are a big step towards a happier you.

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