How to Keep Your Teeth

Interdental Brushes for Brushing Between the Teeth

  • Brush within twenty minutes after every meal and snack, and before going to bed. Ideally, brush for at least two minutes.

  • Use a toothbrush with soft bristles and a tapered brush head for good access to small areas and to the back of the mouth. Change it when the bristles are worn.

  • Brush in the same order every time; a good rule is to start brushing where your problem areas are. Start with the back teeth - they are normally neglected and so get the most decay. Focus on the inside, outside, and top of each tooth at a time. Then focus on problem teeth and teeth with fillings and crowns. Finally, finish with the front teeth.

  • As you brush, you will remove food particles, plague (a sticky film you cannot see), and tarter (a hard buildup from material that sticks to the plague).

  • As shown below, hold the toothbrush at a 45° angle so the bristles reach the gum line. Brush with light pressure using small movements.

Finally, floss your teeth at least once a day! Interdental brushes work well too - and are handy for times when you can't brush.

Did you know that toothbrushing cleans only 60% of the tooth surfaces? The areas in between the teeth can't be reached with a toothbrush, but are subject most decay.

  • A waterpic helps initially to remove most food particles, but cannot remove plague or tarter.

  • Use floss or interdental brushes to finish the job - do this at least once every day!

  • Carry interdental brushes with you for those times you cannot use a toothbrush.

How To Clean Your Teeth

Special toothbrushes are helpful when cleaning braces and dental implants, here are some ideas.

Brushing Problem Teeth, Braces and Implants