Brushing Method - Ottawa Public Health

Brushing Method - Ottawa Public Health
Brushing Method
1. Place the bristles of the toothbrush where the
gums and teeth meet. Gently brush in small
circles, and then sweep away from the gum.
Repeat method to all outside (cheek side)
2. Brush the inside (tongue side) surfaces using the
same method.
3. To clean the inside surface of the front teeth, tilt
the toothbrush vertically and sweep away from
the gum.
4. Scrub the top (chewing) surfaces back and forth.
5. Brush your tongue gently from back to front.
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Helpful suggestions
Use a small, soft bristled toothbrush to easily move around your mouth
Use no more than a pea size amount of fluoridated toothpaste
Brush twice a day (in the morning and before bedtime)
Gently brush for 2 to 3 minutes, no hard scrubbing
Rinse toothbrush after use and let air-dry
Change toothbrush every 3 months. Replace it sooner if you are sick or if bristles are worn
Floss once a day
Visit your dentist or hygienist regularly
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