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Brushing Your Teeth Correctly

February 1, 2017


Brushing your teeth is an important part of your dental care routine. For a healthy mouth and smile the ADA recommends you:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled brush. The size and shape of your brush should fit your mouth allowing you to reach all areas easily. 

  • Replace your toothbrush every three or four months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed. A worn toothbrush won’t do a good job of cleaning your teeth. 

  • Make sure to use an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste. 

The proper brushing technique is to:
  • Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums.  

  • Gently move the brush back and forth in short (tooth-wide) strokes.  

  • Brush the outer surfaces, the inner surfaces, and the chewing surfaces of the teeth. 

  • To clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and make several up-and-down strokes.

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