Taking proper care of teeth at home begin with brushing and flossing at least twice daily. Research has shown that this routine can help prevent cavities, gingivitis and periodontal diseases. Good brushing starts with a good toothbrush. The ideal toothbrush has soft, rounded bristles to avoid damage to teeth or gums. Place your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle to the gum line and brush gums and teeth in back and forth motion, one or two teeth at the same time. Tilt the toothbrush vertically behind the front teeth. Don’t forget to brush your tongue to remove the bacteria, which cause bad breath.
An electric toothbrush is more effective and requires half the pressure. Slowly move it from tooth to tooth on inner and outer chewing surfaces. Rotate every 30 seconds per quadrant. Whether you choose a manual or electric toothbrush, you should brush your teeth for two minutes. Replace your toothbrush at least every 6 months.