• Use a circular motion to brush only two or three teeth at a time, gradually covering the entire mouth.
  • Place the toothbrush next to the teeth at a 45-degree angle and gently brush in a circular motion - not up and down. Brush all surfaces of the teeth - front, back, top, and between other teeth, rocking the brush back and forth gently to remove any plaque growing under the gum.
  • Don't forget the other surfaces of the mouth that are covered in bacteria - including the gums, the roof, and floor of the mouth, and most importantly, the tongue. Brushing the tongue removes trapped bacteria and other disease-causing germs and also freshens breath.
  • Remember to replace the brush when the bristles begin to spread because a worn toothbrush will not properly clean the teeth.
  • Effective brushing usually takes about three minutes. Believe it or not, studies have shown that most people rush during tooth brushing, spending less than a minute.