Toothbrushing

A short video explaining the best way to use an Oral B electric toothbrush

TOP TIPS

1. Brush for 2 minutes

Use a watch and time yourself to ensure you brush for a full 2 minutes. DO this a few times until you get a good idea exactly how long 2 minutes is. Aim to spend 30 seconds in each quadrant of your mouth.

2. Brush twice a day

Research has shown that plaque bacteria build up on your teeth throughout the day. Only brushing once per day (or less) increases your risk of tooth decay and gum problems. The most important time to brush your teeth is just before bed, so you may remove all the plaque bacteria and food debris that has accumulated on and between your teeth throughout the day.

3. Use a fluoridated toothpaste

Fluoride helps to strengthen your teeth and combat tooth decay.

4. Spit don't Rinse

After brushing your teeth, you want to keep that fluoride on your teeth, so don't rinse it off with water.

5. Brush each tooth individually

Don't try to brush multiple teeth at the same time. Brush each tooth individually, spending a couple of seconds on each tooth surface.

6. Angle your toothbrush correctly

When brushing your teeth, angle your toothbrush into your gums, as plaque often builds up at the tooth-gum interface.

7. Don't worry if your gums bleed

Bleeding gums is a sign of gingivitis (gum disease). You should actually brush bleeding gums MORE, not less, as the area is inflamed due to plaque build up. If bleeding persists - see your dentist.