Do you ever wonder "how" to brush your teeth? Is there even really a "how?" Yes, there is. Brushing your teeth should last about two minutes twice a day and cover your whole mouth. Use these steps:
- Obtain a fluoride toothpaste recommended by the American Dental Association.
- Obtain a soft-bristle toothbrush.
- Brush each tooth with short strokes or tiny circles.
- Be sure to tilt the brush also at a 45-degree angle near the gums.
- Brush down on the lower jaw and up on the upper jaw.
- Repeat the process on the inside of the teeth.
- Brush your tongue to remove germs.
- Once a day, floss thoroughly.
- Rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash.
Unfortunately, most people have not brushed this way their whole lives. They saw their toothbrushes back and forth in long, horizontal strokes. While this may feel good afterwards, this method leaves plaque and food particles between the teeth. If you brush this way too hard, you will also damage the gums.