A good brushing only takes two minutes, yes, it’s true, 120 seconds! The time spent by most adults is often less than this time. To get a better idea of your brushing time, use a stopwatch. Brush your teeth well with short movements, without pressing and paying more attention to the gum line, posterior teeth with more difficult access and areas around fillings, crowns or other restorations. Thoroughly brush each area as follows:
How important is the toothpaste I use?
It is important that you use a toothpaste that suits you. Today, there is a wide variety of toothpastes designed to fight cavities, gingivitis, tartar, stains and dental sensitivities. Ask your dentist to advise which toothpaste is best for you.
What kind of toothbrush should I use?
Most dentists agree that a soft bristle brush is the best choice for removing plaque and food scraps from the surface of your teeth. Small-toothed toothbrushes are also preferable because they have easier access to all areas of the mouth, including posterior teeth with difficult access. Some people prefer electric toothbrushes that can be more effective and are well suited for those with limited manual dexterity.
When to replace my toothbrush?
You must replace your toothbrush when it begins to wear out and at least every three months. It is very important to change toothbrush after a cold, because the strands can remain impregnated with germs that could cause a relapse.