How to clean your teeth properly

Plaque removal is important, as the film of bacteria that coats your teeth can lead to serious and costly health problems such as gum disease, tooth decay and cavities.

Brushing your teeth properly does not just involve moving your toothbrush and some paste loosely around your mouth. Instead, a proper brush should be able to target susceptible regions of your mouth to remove as much plaque and leftover food as possible.

Follow these tips to ensure your teeth are properly cleaned:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day – before breakfast and last thing before bed.
  • Brush with fluoride toothpaste for at least two minutes.
  • Replace your toothbrush or brush attachment at least every three months.
  • Never share a toothbrush, as this can spread infections and bacteria.
  • Look for a brush with a small head and a compact, angled arrangement of both long and short  round-end bristles. Medium and soft bristles are best for most people, as hard bristles can damage the gums.
  • Brush in circular motions, focusing on each tooth individually. Also, brush the surface of your tongue to remove any bacteria still lingering.
  • Remember to also floss regularly, to remove any build-up of food or bacteria between the teeth.

For tips on how to floss, click here.