Brushing your teeth prevents plaque from building-up. Plaque is a film of bacteria that usually coats your teeth if you are not a big fan of brushing your teeth properly. It can lead to gum diseases as well as tooth decay.


Brushing your teeth

Make sure to brush your teeth at least two minutes and it should be the last thing you do before you to go to bed at night and on one other time each day.

Your local dentist or hygienist may provide you with more advice based on your dental health as well as needs.

Electric toothbrush or manual toothbrush – which one to use

It does not matter whether you opt to use a manual or an electric toothbrush. Both types are equally good, as long as you brush each surfaces of all your teeth and use fluoride toothpaste. But still there are people who find brushing with an electric toothbrush more effective in thoroughly cleaning their teeth.

What to look for in a toothbrush

For some adults, using a toothbrush with a small head and with a compact, angled combination of short and long round-end bristles will do the work, while for some, soft or medium bristles woks best.

If you will use an electric toothbrush, choose the one with a rotating or oscillating head that may work best than a manual toothbrush.

Keep in mind to thoroughly brush your teeth at least two times a day, which is more important than the kind of brush you will use. If you’re still in doubt, you can ask the advice of your orthodontist.

What type of toothpaste to use

Using toothpaste with the right concentration of fluoride is very important. Make sure to check its packaging in order to find out the amount of fluoride each brand of toothpaste contains. Grownups are required to use toothpaste containing at least 1,350 parts per million or ppm of fluoride. For kids that do not need to use a special children’s toothpaste, they can use family toothpaste containing 1,350 to 1,500 ppm fluoride. For those children aged six years old and below who do not have a tooth decay can use a children’s toothpaste which are lower in strength. Just make sure the fluoride amount is around 1,000 ppm. For children below the age of three, use just a tiny amount of toothpaste, while those aged 3 to 6 should use at least a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. Remind your children not to lick or eat the toothpaste from its tube.

How to brush your teeth

It is important to brush all the surfaces of your teeth for at least two minutes. Keep in mind to brush the inside surface, outside surface and the chewing surface of your teeth.

How to help kids brush their teeth

Your kids should be helped and supervised when brushing their teeth until they are at least 7 years old.