08 Jun How to brush your teeth correctly

For most of us, brushing our teeth is a daily routine that we do without even thinking yet it is important that we brush our teeth properly to prevent conditions such as gum disease and tooth decay.

For those of us who may have slipped into bad habits, here is a 10-step guide to correctly brushing your teeth.

This routine should take approximately 2 minutes.

  1. Apply a thin strip of toothpaste to your toothbrush.
  2. Start with your upper molars (back teeth) on your left side and work in a clockwise direction.
  3. Tilt the brush at a 45° angle against the gum line and use a short circular motion for approximately 20 seconds.
  4. After 20 seconds, roll the brush head away from the gum line, so the bristles sweep the surface of the tooth, removing the food and plaque.
  5. Continue working in a clockwise direction, ending with the lower molars on your left side. Repeat step two and three for the inside surface of the upper and lower molars.
  6. Brush the back surface of the upper-front teeth by using the tip of the toothbrush head. Direct the bristles toward the gum line, and use a flicking motion down the surface of the tooth. Do this 2 to 3 times.
  7. Point the bristles of the tip of the toothbrush toward the gum line. Flick the bristles up, away from the gum line in a sweeping motion. Do this 2 to 3 times.
  8. Brush the biting surface of the upper and lower premolars and molars, using a circular motion.
  9. Using a gentle circular motion, brush your tongue and the inside of your cheeks.
  10. Finish by rinsing with either water or mouthwash.

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