The primary means to oral hygiene is proper and methodical brushing of teeth. This cleans away the plaque on a daily basis and also helps to keep the breath fresh. Brushing teeth at least twice a day using fluoridated toothpaste is recommended to keep them clean. The fluoride in the toothpaste makes the enamel more resistant to attack by the decay-forming acids in the mouth. The toothbrush selected should have a firm, comfortable grip with soft rounded bristles on a contoured head and replaced every 3-4 months for best results or as soon as the bristles are frayed.
Step 1 - Place bristles along the gumline at a 45 degree angle. Bristles should contact both the tooth surface and the gumline.
Step 2 - Gently brush the outer tooth surfaces of 2-3 teeth using a vibrating back and forth rolling motion. Move brush to the next group of 2-3 teeth and repeat.
Step 3 - Maintain a 45 degree angle with bristles contacting the tooth surface and gumline. Gently brush using back, forth and rolling motion along all of the inner tooth surfaces.
Step 4 - Tilt brush vertically behind the front teeth. Make several up and down strokes using the front half of the brush.
Step 5 - Place the brush against the biting surface of the teeth and use a gentle back and forth scrubbing motion. Brush the tongue, use tongue cleaner from back to front to remove odor producing bacteria.