Brushing begins after flossing. That way, all of the food particles that were stuck in between the teeth where the toothbrush cannot reach are able to be removed during the brushing process. Brushing and flossing should be done after every meal preferable, but if your schedule does not allow it, it can be done once before bed to get rid of the day’s food and bacteria. However, in order to do this properly, there is a right and a wrong way to brush your teeth. To brush your teeth effectively, follow these steps:

  1. Put a pea-sized amount of toothpaste on your toothbrush.
  2. Angle your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle.
  3. Using a gentle, circular motion, brush the surface of each tooth, making sure to do this carefully as overly aggressive brushing can lead to bleeding gums and early gum recession. Be sure to get the backs of the teeth as well.
  4. Repeat this for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Finish the process by swirling mouthwash in your mouth to get rid of anything leftover. Do not swallow the mixture.

If you’re still struggling to get your teeth clean or have an unusual build up of plaque, contact your dentist for a personalized oral hygiene plan that will best suit your needs.

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