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The lowdown on tooth brushing

Why brush?

Brushing your teeth stops the build up of plaque on your teeth. Plaque (a film of bacteria that coats your teeth) contributes to gum disease, tooth decay and is linked to other health problems such as heart disease and diabetes.

When to brush

You should brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day, last thing at night and on at least one other occasion.

What to use

Most people find an electric toothbrush more effective and easier to clean their teeth. If you prefer to use a manual brush, we usually recommend that adults choose one that is small to medium sized with soft to medium, round-ended bristles. Whether manual or electric the brush or brush head needs to be changed every three months or if showing signs of splaying or damage.

How to brush

Adults should use a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste (children half this amount and those under three a smear). Cover every surface of every tooth (inside, outside and chewing surface) when you brush, especially the gumline. After brushing spit out any excess toothpaste but don’t rinse your mouth with water. Talk to us about your daily dental health regime. We will be happy to offer advice on the best tools and techniques for you.

If you have any questions about brushing or an other dental health issue please get in touch. We'll be happy to help.

February 17, 2017 by Jatinder Dhadli