Proper brushing takes at least two minutes. To properly brush your teeth, make sure you are paying attention to your gum line, the backs of your teeth, and those hard to reach back teeth. Make sure to clean each section thoroughly using the following steps.
Four Steps to Clean Teeth
- The outer surfaces of your upper teeth, then lower teeth
- The inner surfaces of your upper teeth, then lower teeth
- Clean the bottoms of your teeth, where you chew
- Lightly brush your tongue
How often should I replace my toothbrush?
You should replace your toothbrush as soon as it starts to show wear, which is around 3 months old. It’s also very important to change your toothbrush after you’ve been sick, since the bristles can collect germs.