It is important to be using the correct tooth brushing technique. If the toothbrush filaments are too hard or if you use the wrong brushing technique, you can damage your gums or teeth.
Choose a toothbrush with medium or soft filaments and a tapered brush head to enable better access to the back teeth.
Remember to change your toothbrush when the filaments become worn. A worn toothbrush does not clean your teeth properly. A toothbrush should generally last you approximately three months. If you find your toothbrush doesn’t last this long you may be applying too much pressure when brushing.
A simple brushing technique:
Place the head of your toothbrush against your teeth and then tilt the bristle tips to a 45% angle against the gumline. Move the brush in small circular movements, several times, on all the surfaces of the tooth.
Brush the outer surfaces of each tooth, upper and lower, keeping the bristles, angled against the gum line. Use the same method on the inside surfaces of all your teeth. Brush the chewing surfaces of the teeth. To clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and make several small circular strokes with the toe (the front part) of the brush. Brushing the tongue will help freshen your breath and will clean your mouth by removing bacteria.
After brushing, spit out, but do not rinse, to make the best use of the fluoride’s preventive effect from your toothpaste. Avoid eating or drinking for two hours after brushing your teeth.
If you struggle brushing for the recommended two minutes, visit the Brush DJ website for a completely free app that plays your favourite music for two minutes whilst you brush your teeth!
You can also use it to set yourself reminders to brush your teeth twice a day, carry out interdental cleaning and use a mouthwash (if recommended by your dentist).