After flossing, moisten your toothbrush with water and apply a thin strip of toothpaste. Try to choose one that contains fluoride.
- Start with your upper molars (back teeth) on your left side and work in a clockwise direction.
- Point the bristles toward the gumline in a 45-degree angle. Use a short circular motion for approximately 20 seconds.
- After 20 seconds, roll the brush head away from the gumline so the bristles sweep the surface of the tooth, removing the food and plaque.
- 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
- Brush the lingual (back) surface of the upper-front teeth by using the tip of the toothbrush head.
- Direct the bristles toward the gumline and use a flicking motion down the surface of tooth. Do this 2 to 3 times
- Point the bristles of the tip of the toothbrush toward the gumline. Flick the bristles up, away from the gumline in a sweeping motion. Do this 2 to 3 times.
- Brush the biting surface of the upper and lower premolars and molars, using a circular motion.
- Using a gentle circular motion, brush your tongue for 30 seconds and the inside of your cheeks for 30 seconds.
- Finish by rinsing with either water or your choice of mouthwash. Don’t forget to smile!
A lot of people are brushing their teeth the wrong way. So to make sure that you don’t damage your teeth or gums while brushing, watch this video: