Why brush?

Tooth brushing with fluoride toothpaste helps control plaque, which is the residue that can build up on teeth. Be sure to replace your toothbrush (or toothbrush head if you use an electric brush) every 3 months.

Brushing technique

  1. Carefully brush all tooth surfaces. Move the brush over the surface of 2 to 3 teeth at a time using short, circular, massaging motions at a 45-degree angle to your teeth. Do not use a back-and-forth motion on teeth, as this causes damage to the gums. Allow some overlap as you move to the next set of teeth to make sure that the brush makes contact with each tooth on all sides and surfaces.
  2. Brush for at least 2 to 3 minutes. Dentists recommend brushing for at least the entire length of a song. To ensure you are brushing for the recommended period of time try listening to the radio or watching TV while you brush. You can also use an egg timer to track your time.

Brushing tips

  • Brush your tongue. This removes germs and bacteria and help to keep your breath fresh
  • Rinse with water after brushing. This will discard any debris left after brushing and keep your mouth moist, preventing dry mouth.
  • Change your toothbrush (or toothbrush head if you use a power toothbrush) every 3 months. Not only are old toothbrushes ineffective, they can also harbour harmful bacteria that can cause infection. You should also change your toothbrush after any illness.