Brushing your teeth at least twice a day helps prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Be sure to do it properly. Here’s how:
Use a small amount of fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride helps to strengthen the tooth’s enamel. You only need a small amount (about the size of a pea).
Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle. Brush with short, gentle strokes on all outside and inside surfaces for two to three minutes.
Avoid hard scrubbing. Brushing too hard can damage your enamel.
Brush your tongue to remove residue from food and beverages. It also freshens your breath!
Avoid brushing right after eating acidic foods or drinks. The acid can remain on the enamel and you end up brushing away the enamel.
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