Saturday, November 19, 2011

How to Brush Your Teeth- Step By Step Instructions

1. Prepare Your Toothbrush
After flossing, moisten your toothbrush with water and apply a thin strip of toothpaste. Try to choose one that contains fluoride.
2. Start in the Back
Start with your upper molars (back teeth) on your left side and work in a clockwise direction.
Point the bristles toward the gumline, in a 45-degree angle. Use a short circular motion for approximately 20 seconds.
3. Roll Away
After 20 seconds, roll the brush head away from the gumline, so the bristles sweep the surface of the tooth, removing the food and plaque.
4. Work in a Clockwise Direction
Continue working in a clockwise direction, ending with the lower molars on your left side. Repeat step two and three for the inside surface of the upper and lower molars.
5. Brushing the Back Surface of the Upper Front Teeth
Brush the lingual (back) surface of the upper-front teeth by using the tip of the toothbrush head. Direct the bristles toward the gumline, and use a flicking motion down the surface of the tooth. Do this 2 to 3 times.

6. Brushing the Back of the Lower Front Teeth
Point the bristles of the tip of the toothbrush toward the gumline. Flick the bristles up, away from the gumline in a sweeping motion. Do this 2 to 3 times.
7. Brush the Biting Surface
Brush the biting surface of the upper and lower premolars and molars, using a circular motion.
8. Brush Your Tongue and the Inside of Your Cheeks
Using a gentle circular motion, brush your tongue for 30 seconds and the inside of your cheeks for 30 seconds.
9. Finish Up With a Rinse
Finish by rinsing with either water or your choice of mouthwash. Don't forget to smile!

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