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What is the proper brushing technique?

  1. Place a sufficient amount of toothpaste on the bristles of your toothbrush (approximately a pea-sized drop) and slightly wet with water
  2. Place the toothbrush bristles at a 45-degree angle at the gum line and use small circular and short back and forth motions
  3. Brush the front, back and top of each tooth
  4. Brush for at least 2 minutes
  5. Brush your tongue gently after you brush your teeth
  6. Rinse with water

Do electric toothbrushes clean my teeth better?

When used properly, electric toothbrushes will clean your teeth better than manual brushing. This is especially true for individuals with dexterity problems that prevent the proper use of a manual brush. The primary advantage of an electric toothbrush is that they cover more area faster and more effectively. When using an electric toothbrush, remember not to press the bristles against the gum line too hard as it may hurt your gums. Allow the electrically-driven bristle action to do the job by only using light force and slow movements.

Which electric toothbrush should I buy?

We suggest two brands to our patients: Philips® Sonicare™ or the Oral-B® ProfessionalCare™ series electric toothbrushes. Either product will provide adequate cleaning ability. For more information, please visit the manufacturer's websites.

Oral Care Tips

  • Only use soft bristled toothbrushes.
  • Only use toothpaste with fluoride.
  • Don't brush too hard (hard brushing may cause gum recession).
  • Brush for at least 2 minutes
  • Brush at least twice a day
  • Floss at least once a day
  • Replace your toothbrush every 3 months, after contagious illness, or when the bristles are worn.
  • Visit your dentist regularly


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