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How to Brush Your Teeth Properly

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Brushing your teeth is an important step in oral hygiene and the main way to prevent tooth decay. But to get all its benefits, it’s important to not only clean your teeth but also to do it correctly.

5-Minute Crafts prepared instructions on how to properly brush your teeth. It consists of 2 parts — the first one is devoted to the brushing technique with a regular toothbrush, and the second part covers brushing your teeth with an electric toothbrush.

Common rules

  1. Brush your teeth twice a day for 2 minutes in the morning and in the evening.

  2. Use fluoride toothpaste. It replenishes minerals in your teeth and prevents decay. However, for children under 6 years old, it’s better to choose a fluoride-free toothpaste since there’s a risk that they will accidentally swallow it.

  3. Change the brush every 3 months or more often if it wears out quickly. It’s important to do it on a regular basis as worn-out bristles do a poor job brushing your teeth.

  4. Choose a medium-bristle toothbrush if you don’t have gum problems and soft bristles if your gums are sensitive and bleed frequently.

1. How to brush your teeth with a regular toothbrush

1. Rinse your toothbrush with water and add a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. Place the brush at a 45-degree angle to your gums.

2. Sequentially clean the outer surface of each tooth with sweeping movements, moving from the gum to the edge of the tooth. Additionally, clean the chewing surface of the back teeth.

3. To clean the inside part of the front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and make several up and down strokes.

4. Finally, brush your tongue to remove plaque and freshen your breath. Then spit out the toothpaste and rinse your mouth with cool water.

2. How to brush your teeth with an electric toothbrush

1. Make sure your toothbrush’s battery is charged. Rinse the brush and add a pea-sized amount of toothpaste.

2. Start brushing from the outside of your teeth. Move the brush slowly from tooth to tooth. Hold it for 5 to 7 seconds on each tooth before moving on to the next one.

3. Repeat the process for the inner surface of the teeth and then for the chewing surface of the back teeth.

4. Sweep the brush back and forth across the tongue and palate to remove plaque and freshen your breath. Then spit out the toothpaste and rinse your mouth with cool water.

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