The Canadian Dental Association recommend a regular, thorough brushing to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
Brushing removes the bacteria that promote tooth decay and the plaque that can cause gum disease.
Brush after every meal, because the bacterial attack on teeth begins minutes after eating, or at the very least, brush once a day and always before you go to bed.
How to brush your teeth
- Brush at a 45 degree angle to your teeth. Direct the bristles to where your gums and teeth meet.
- Use a gentle, circular, massaging motion, up and down.
- Don’t scrub. Gums that recede visibly are often a result of years of brushing too hard
- Clean every surface of every tooth. The chewing surface, the cheek side, and the tongue side.
- A thorough brushing should take at least 2 to 3 minutes.
- Change your usual brushing pattern. Most people brush their teeth the same way all the time. That means they miss the same spots all the time. Try reversing your usual pattern.
- Use a soft brush with rounded bristles. The right toothbrush cleans better. Ask your dentist what size and shape that will allow you to reach all the way to your back teeth. There are many different types of brushes, so ask your dentist to suggest the best one for you.
- CDA recommends you replace your toothbrush every three months.