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Maintenance of oral hygiene is a simple but important component of one’s daily life. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that all individuals brush twice a day and floss daily. This helps protect from various dental conditions.

Brushing helps against:

The ADA recommendations for brushing teeth are as follows

Brush and tooth paste:

  • Use a brush with soft bristles. Harder bristles can damage your teeth and gums.
  • Replace your brush every three to four months.
  • Use toothpaste with fluoride at levels recommended by the ADA.
  • Store your brush upright, in a dry place to avoid the growth of microbes on them.
  • There are different types of brushes available: manual and power brushes. Choose depending on what suits your mouth the best.

Brushing technique:

  • Hold the brush at 45 degrees to your teeth.
  • Clean all surfaces of your teeth: outer, inner and chewing surfaces with gentle back and forth movements. For the inner surface, you will have to invert your brush and move up and down.
  • Remember to clean your tongue as the upper surface of your tongue harbors a large amount of bacteria.
  • Do not apply too much force while brushing as this may damage your gums.
  • After a meal, wait for 60 minutes before brushing.
  • The total duration of brushing your teeth should be for two complete minutes each time. Brush at least twice daily.

References:

  • Brush Teeth - American Dental Association .
  • Mistakes You Make Brushing Your Teeth – American Dental Association  

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