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Preview the video: Mouth Healthy Moments: How to Brush Your Teeth

1. What kind?

Toothbrushes are most effective in plaque removal when they are replaced every 2-3 months or when bristles begin to show wear. In addition, it's best to dispose of your toothbrush after an illness such as a viral or bacterial infection to reduce re-contamination. Sharing of toothbrushes is not recommended. -soft bristles -appropriate size (child or adult) -standard or electric -post-surgical brush accessories -denture brushes -disposable toothbrushes

The next time you're out shopping, look at the toothbrush aisle and write down the many different varieties to choose from. It can take you a great deal of time if you're unsure of the most appropriate toothbrush that you and your family members need. For example, a child may need a smaller child size for best fit or after gum surgery you may need to maintain sensitive areas with an extra soft bristles and smaller attachment brushes to reach in between teeth. An electric toothbrush ais appropriate for people that have weaker hands or recommended by a dentist to improve home brushing.

2. How to?

The BASS technique is recommended by the dental profession which includes: -brushing in circular motions at a 45 degree angle reaching under the gum line -brushing the inside, outside, and tops of chewing surfaces -message the soft gingiva or gums to encourage healthy blood flow while removing plaque -remember to brush the top surface of the tongue to removal of plaque and reduce halitosis or bad mouth odor due to bacteria

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