Which is the better way to brush our teeth ?

Use a soft bristled brush. Synthetic bristles are preferable since natural bristles tend to harbour the oral bacteria being more porous. Make sure it is of the right size. Generally, smaller brush is better than larger.

Place the bristles at a 45 degree angle to the teeth. Slide the tips of the brush under the gums.


Move the bristles very gently so that any plaque growing under the gum will be removed.
Make sure to brush the outside, the tongue side and the chewing surfaces of your teeth.

For the front teeth, brush the inside surfaces of the upper and lower jaws by tilting the brush vertically and making several up and down strokes with the front part of the brush over the teeth and gum tissues.


Debris and bacteria can collect on your tongue and cause bad breath. Therefore, brushing the tongue will help freshen your breath.
Your toothbrush will only clean one or two teeth at a time. Change its position to properly clean each tooth.
To prevent plaque damage, be sure to brush at least once every day,preferably at bedtime. In fact , adding a brush time after breakfast increases your chances of thorough daily plaque removal.
A thorough brushing should take at least 3 minutes. Therefore, please don’t rush your brush
Brushing the teeth too vigorously or using a hard bristled toothbrush causes the gums to recede and exposes root surfaces. It also wears down the tooth structure. Both of these conditions can lead to tooth sensitivity.
A pea-sized amount of fluoridated toothpaste is all you need, should you choose to use a toothpaste.
Replace your brush when the bristles begin to spread. A worn out toothbrush will not properly clean your teeth.


Is it important to brush before going to bed ?

Yes it is.

If you have to miss a brushing, the bedtime one is probably the worst one to miss. If you don't get rid of the bacteria and sugar that cause cavities, they have all night to do harm. While you are awake, saliva helps keep the mouth clean. When you are asleep, there is less saliva produced to clean the mouth. For this reason it is important to brush before bedtime.


How to brush child's teeth?

Every day plaque forms on the inner, outer, and chewing surface of teeth and the gums. Tooth brushing is one of the most effective ways to remove the plaque.

One of the best kind of toothbrush is the one with soft, round-tipped bristles.
A child will need a smaller brush than an adult. Young children do not have the manual dexterity to brush properly. Therefore, he or she will need your supervision and help till the age of 8-10 years old to ensure a thorough brushing has been done.
It is time to buy a new brush when the bristles become bent or fraye.
Tooth brushing will remove dental plaque and other debris from your teeth.Plaque plays a primary role in oral disease such as tooth decay and gum disease. The best way to remove plaque from the tooth surface on a daily home care basis is through toothbrushing and some form of "between the teeth" cleaning.


Is your toothbrush making you sick?

Germs left on your toothbrush can cause recurring colds and sore throats. To avoid catching the same cold over and over again,change and buy a new toothbrushes at the first sign of a cold and change again when you regain your health. Germs thrive in dense toothbrushes,especially those with soft bristles, and not surprisingly, they also linger on toothbrush handles.Viruses can survive for several days on a handle that's opaque or tinted, whereas a clear handle kills them faster with its ability to let light pass through.

Flossing of Teeth