Toothbrushing

Brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste helps prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

  • Brush your teeth thoroughly twice a day with a soft-to-medium brush and fluoride toothpaste.
  • Put the bristles at the join between teeth and gums, pointing towards the gums, and brush using short circular movements.
  • Brush all round every tooth, carefully making sure you can feel the brush on your gums.
  • Don’t use too much force – give your teeth and gums a gentle scrub. Thorough brushing takes two or three minutes; why not time yourself?
  • After brushing, you should spit out the toothpaste – but do not rinse, as this lessens the effect of the fluoride.
  • Replace the brush when the bristles get out of shape.
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