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10 toothbrushing tips for young and old

  1. Proper tooth brushing should take two minutes.
  2. Use a toothbrush with a small head and soft bristles. Anything harder can damage your gums and teeth as it is too abrasive.
  3. Brush your teeth, gums and tongue in a small circular motion every morning and night.
  4. You should have your own toothbrush: do not use anybody else’s.
  5. Store toothbrushes in a clean, dry, airy place so that they can dry out between use.
  6. Store toothbrushes separately so they do not touch other toothbrushes.
  7. After brushing, the toothbrush should be rinsed thoroughly under fast running water to remove toothpaste and plaque. Then shake off the water from the toothbrush to help with drying.
  8. Replace toothbrushes regularly and when the bristles spread, become shaggy or clogged with toothpaste (approximately 3 monthly).
  9. Also replace toothbrushes after illness such as colds and flu’s or mouth infections.
  10. Fluoridated toothpaste helps to protect the teeth from tooth decay by strengthening tooth enamel. It helps to make the enamel more resistant to the acids produced by plaque bacteria.
  • Pregnant women who experience morning sickness with vomiting are at high risk of tooth erosion. If this is to happen immediately rinse with water and do not brush for at least 1 hour.