Brushing for Oral Health Tips
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day and ideally after every meal, using fluoride-containing toothpaste.
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush -- it's gentler on your gums.
- To brush properly, hold your toothbrush at a slight angle against your teeth and use short back-and-forth motions.
- Brush the inside and chewing surfaces of your teeth.
- Brush your teeth for about two minutes each time you brush.
- Brush your tongue.
- Avoid vigorous or harsh scrubbing, which can irritate your gums.
- Replace your toothbrush every three or four months, or sooner if it becomes frayed.
- Consider using an electric toothbrush, especially if you have arthritis or other problems that make it difficult to brush well.
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