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If you thought brushing all your teeth once a day is enough to keep them healthy, you are wrong. It isn't just about passing your toothbrush bristles all around your teeth in the morning. The right technique is of utmost importance to prevent tooth decay and gum problems.
First, the basics
Small-headed brushes can reach all areas of the mouth better even the hard-to-reach back teeth. The bristles need to be rounded at the ends and be of the soft to medium variety. Multi-heighted bristles can reach every corner of your mouth and help you clean your teeth better. A comfortable grip is also easier to hold and will make brushing effective.
Ideally, you should brush your teeth for two to three minutes twice a day. But brushing more often can erode your tooth enamel.
Brushing the right way
Divide the mouth into quadrants and spend at least 30 seconds in each region to clean all surfaces. Brush the outer, inner and chewing surfaces of the teeth. Remember - do not brush horizontally along the gum line as this may damage your gums and cause abrasions on the teeth. And clean your tongue as well as bacteria breed on its grooves and ridges.
Here's a step-by-step guide to effectively remove plaque:
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