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How Long Should I Charge My Electric Toothbrush

I was wondering how I should charge my electric toothbrush to get the longest life out of the rechargeable batteries. The toothbrush uses 2 Nicad AA rechargeable batteries and the batteries are trickle charged. The manual suggest that I keep the handle in the charger all the time, and says that there is no way that the batteries can be overcharged.  I currently keep the handle on the charger, and completely discharge the handle every month or so.  Should I be doing it differently?   Cheetah Designs asked How Long Should I Charge My Electric Toothbrush

In our home we have this problem. The toothbrush. It doesn’t have anywhere to sit.

Our pedestal sink doesn’t have enough space and we aren’t quite ready to tackle a bathroom renovation (especially based on our toothbrush needs) just yet.

So out of curiosity, we left our charging station in the linen closet to see just how long 1 full charging would last on the toothbrush. Without the base getting in the way we were able to put the toothbrush in our medicine cabinet for easy use.

Each day we pulled our toothbrush from the cabinet to use it. When we were finished we returned it back to it’s home behind the mirrored door and made sure to brush at night as well. Each cycle in the toothbrush is 3 minutes, so the toothbrush was being used for roughly 6 minutes each day.

We started our little experiment back over the 4th of July weekend where we charged our brushes (both my husband and I use one) before heading out to the family farm in Nebraska for the weekend. The little light up meter on the brush dropped a bar before the weekend was up, and the second bar after another two weeks. But it held onto it’s last little bar of “time left to brush” until yesterday the 15th of October. So 3 months and a handful of days.

In the past we had always charged them once they got down to their last bar. Back on the charger they went and everything went along as normal. Now we know that we don’t have to bother with the inconvenience of propping the charger on the sink (or in some cases in the sink bowl… which was dry no worries) we will be keeping up with using the charging base a little as possible, which is most likely more healthy for the battery and the charging memory that it keeps.

Now we are curious if there is anything else we do the same experiment on!

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Questions:I seem to recall that my first electric toothbrush came with directions not to use toothpaste.  My current one has no such restrictions, but do I need it?

Answer:You can brush without a toothpaste (only with water), but it won’t be as effective as with one.
The most important aspect of using a toothpaste is the its ability to increase fluoride levels in the oral cavity. Fluoride will strengthen the teeth against acids produced by bacteria as a byproduct of their metabolism.
Just make sure to choose a low abrasive toothpaste; plain with no granules inside is you’re best choice.

There are a couple of different types of electric toothbrushes. One type uses vibration, the other uses rotation-oscillation. It is believed that the rotation-oscillation type is more effective at reducing plaque. In addition, some electric toothbrushes generate an ultrasonic wave to clean the teeth. There are also numerous styles of brush heads, designed for deep cleaning, for sensitive teeth and gums, for patients with orthodontic braces, and so on.

With all that extra power and polishing, the type of toothpaste you choose becomes extra important. If the toothpaste is too abrasive, it can erode tooth enamel. Most electronic toothbrush manufacturers recommend a gel-type toothpaste for use with their equipment.

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The first and the biggest reason to have receding gums one is age; if you’re above 40, you’re likely to get it. The other reason is bad oral hygiene. If you don’t floss or skip brushing, chances of getting serious periodontal diseases are high. And that’s what receding gums are a symptom of.

They are a sign of periodontal disease, which means if you start experiencing problems with your teeth, like loose teeth or bleeding gums, the worse is yet to come. The most unfortunate news is that gums cannot grow back. They stay like that and the only way to get them back is by a gum graft surgery. The other thing is, receding gums can also occur due to harsh brushing. This causes the enamel to corrode and the gums to get injured.

When it occurs, the gum line that surrounds the teeth starts to expose more of the tooth as it wears away. Receding gums are considered to be one of the early signs of gum disease. However, there’re ways to treat and reverse the gum recession. One of the ways is to switch to an electric toothbrush and to help you find the right one we have created this best electric toothbrush for receding gums review. Some of the electric toothbrushes are equipped with a pressure sensor that alerts the person each time too much pressure is applied. Electric toothbrushes also help to stick with correct brushing technique.To treat receding gums you not only need to change your toothbrush but also change the way you brush.

If you’re changing the toothbrush it’s better to find one that comes with softer bristles, as the hard bristles can only aggravate the problem. Also instead of manual flossing in the case of receding gums a good alternative would be a water flosser. One of the best ones for this is the Waterpik Ultra water flosser.

The best toothbrushes for receding gums are made by the most popular brands: Sonicare  are effective and have their benefits.

Check out the latest Sonicare DiamondClean pricing info here!

 

This is one of the best electric toothbrushes in the Sonicare line. It features the patented sonic technology, the sweeping motions of which drive fluids along your gum line helping to stimulate them. Its 31,000 brush strokes per minute also help to drive fluids deep between the teeth to effectively remove plaque even from tight spaces. Its useful features make it the best electric toothbrush for treating receding gums.

Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean electric toothbrush is designed to improve the health of the gums in just 2 weeks. It’s got 5 different modes. For those who have receding gums, it offers the Gum Care and Sensitive modes. The Gum Care is provided for 3 minute brushing to improve gingival health. The Sensitive mode works with a more gentle motion of the brush, making it suitable for those who have sensitive teeth and helping with gingival health.

It comes with 2 brush heads, a travel case with a USB charger, and a charging glass with a multi-voltage base.

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Here are a few tips to keep your toothbrush germs and bacteria free… and healthy.

Change your brush head frequently

It is highly recommended to change the brush heads every 3 months, at least. However, in some cases, more often is better. For example, you might want to change your brush head after being sick, if you have a weaker immune system or if the toothbrush head has been worn out (for example, if the bristles are not straight anymore.

Put away your toothbrush

Rinse thoroughly your brush head after brushing your teeth. You should keep your toothbrush in a vertical position and not lying down against the counter top, where bacteria can grow. Humid environments are more conducive to bacterial growth, therefore avoid covering the head of your toothbrush as this increase germs growth and dry your toothbrush between brushing (shake it dry and air dry).

Also keep your toothbrush as far as possible from the toilets…

Brush your teeth… well

To reduce the amount of bacteria and germs on your brush head, you can try using mouthwash before brushing. However brushing your teeth twice a day can and will also achieve the same results. Indeed, the less germs in your mouth, the less germs on your toothbrush…

Bacteria and oral health

Although we talked a lot about the bad sides of bacterial growth, there is another side tobacteria. As a matter of fact, they play two roles. First, we know their bad side, where their excessive growth leads to gingivitis, cavities, dental plaque and some types of infections. On the other hand, some bacteria are useful, even necessary to control the growth of fungus and to maintain a healthy mouth.

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It’s hard to make kids brush their teeth – The fact is, most people don’t tend to brush for long enough. The average adult spends just 46 seconds brushing, which is well short of the dentist recommended 2 minutes. When timing themselves, people are 50% more likely to brush for the right amount of time. You stand in front of the mirror and stare at yourself while you jiggle a bristled stick around your mouth for two minutes. In that time, you get to notice all the little imperfections, like that pimple that will blossom into glorious acne tomorrow morning. Now, though, there’s a solution – Brush DJ, an app for your phone that is so much more than a toothbrush timer.

Rock out while you get that plaque out!

Brush DJ is a free application for Apple and Android devices, designed by dentist Ben Underwood to make brushing more fun. With a fully randomized timer that pulls music from the location you set, it plays for two minutes while you brush your teeth. This means that each morning and night are totally different scenarios, and you can dance around while making sure your pearly whites remain pearly white.

Never forget again.

In addition to playing your favourite tunes, Brush DJ has a timer that you can set for specific times to remind you to brush your teeth. This can be set for different times on weekends, allowing you to sleep in without being bothered by an alarm. It also reminds you of proper brushing technique, such as not washing your mouth out afterward. The application also informs you to use a fluoride mouthwash to help guard your teeth against decay. There is even a reminder to tell you to floss and get between your teeth. You can no longer claim, “I forgot!” as an excuse not to floss.

It’s like having a dentist in your pocket all the time.

This app also allows you to set long term reminders of when you last paid a visit to your dentist, and when exactly you need to go again. Brushing too much canbe just as bad as not brushing enough, which is why having a  timer, is important. Studies have shown that two minutes, twice a day, is the optimal time for clearing out the plaque without wearing down your teeth.

Perfect for all age groups.

Are you an adult, and would prefer to listen to smooth jazz in the morning? Give Brush DJ a playlist to pull from. Children can also set all their upbeat, happy tunes to play, giving them a reason to look forward to something that is all too often viewed as a chore. Before you know it, kids may begin looking forward to toothbrush time, instead of avoiding it!

Brush DJ is an app designed to make brushing your teeth fun, but also to help improve
awareness of overall dental hygiene and guide people towards making better decisions when it comes to their teeth. At absolutely no cost, what have you go to lose? Visit Brush DJ at their website  where they also have a couple of really great videos well worth watching.   Or just click on the icons below for immediate download of this must have app.

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Electric toothbrushes are more effective at cleaning teeth than manual toothbrushes, can help prevent tooth staining, and will lower your risk for toothbrush abrasion. If you have the money you should definitely invest in one.
There is a bit of a learning curve to using an electric toothbrush correctly. Since the brushing motion is done entirely by the toothbrush, all you have to do is position the toothbrush head so the bristles reach the right areas.

Before You Begin

Before you begin brushing, be sure to ask your dental professional for recommendations on technique. It also might be helpful to refer to the brushing instructions supplied with your electric toothbrush.
To start, apply a fluoride toothpaste to the brush head (and by the way, remember to replace the brush head on your power toothbrush every three months).

Two Minutes, Twice a Day

To brush your teeth correctly, spend at least two minutes using a recommended technique, which includes 30 seconds brushing each section of your mouth (upper right, upper left, lower right and lower left), both morning and night. Most rechargeable electric toothbrushes have built-in two-minute timers, and some even have professional timers that parse out 30 seconds for each quadrant to help you keep track.

Correct brushing technique requires that you develop a sense of where the toothbrush bristles are touching. Everyone’s teeth are different and applying one brushing method to all people simply won’t work. You must be able to feel the bristles slightly in-between your teeth and also along your gumline so you can individualize your brushing and know you are cleaning the right spots. I find that it is best to start using your electric toothbrush without toothpaste, wetting the bristles just like we did with manual toothbrushes. Without the distraction of the sudsy toothpaste you can really focus on where the toothbrush bristles are touching.

Positioning The Electric Toothbrush

When using a rechargeable electric toothbrush, it isn’t necessary to press hard or scrub. Simply guide the brush while it provides the brushing action. In fact, some electric toothbrushes, like Oral-B ProfessionalCare 5000 with Wireless SmartGuide,TM have pressure sensors that alert you when you’re brushing too hard.

Step 1: Make sure your toothbrush is charged. Many electric toothbrushes have charge level indicator lights, so you can actually see when the toothbrush is charged.

Step 2: Start with the outside surfaces of the teeth. Guide the brush head slowly from tooth to tooth, holding the brush head in place for a few seconds against each tooth before moving on to the next one. Follow along with the shape of each tooth and the curve of the gums.

Step 3: Repeat Step 2 on the inside surfaces of the teeth.

Step 4: Repeat Step 2 on the chewing surfaces of the teeth as well as behind the back teeth.

Step 5: Direct the brush head along the gum line and upon the gums. Again, do not press hard or scrub.

Step 6: Try grazing the brush head along your tongue and the roof of your mouth, back to front, to help freshen your breath.

 

 

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Don’t know what to get for a loved one this holiday season? Consider giving the gift of great oral health! An electric toothbrush is a great gift idea for anyone on your shopping list this season. There are many benefits of using an electric-powered toothbrush. Many incorporate self-timers into their design which lets you know if you are brushing long enough. Remember, dental professionals recommend you brush your teeth at least two times a day for two minutes. Electric toothbrushes can also be a lot easier to use for individuals with more limited dexterity. Plus, using an electric toothbrush can seem more fun and can encourage you to brush the right way.

Gift Ideas for Him, Her and the Kids!

pink sonicarePhilips Sonicare DiamondClean Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush, Pink

The Philips Sonicare DiamondClean comes in three colors, pink, black or white.

The pink would be perfect for a lady! If you would like to treat one of the ladies in your life to a special treat for their holiday smile then what could be better than a pink edition toothbrush?!

I have only just discovered the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Pink Edition, and I am loving it!Not only is the handle of this brush a lovely shade of pastel pink, but so is the charging travel case. The lights inside the brush gently glow and fade when the brush is turned off.

Philips Sonicare DiamondClean rechargeable electric toothbrush, White Edition, HX9332 (Health and Beauty)


List Price: $224.12 USD
New From: $218.88 USD In Stock
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Click here for my review on the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean.

Sonicare for Kids

Sonicare for Kids

Philips Sonicare for Kids

Meanwhile, for your little angels, the Philips Sonicare for Kids will keep their little gnashers clean and healthy over the holiday period, and the brush handle comes with a change of interchangeable panels so they can customize it to their own personal taste.

Philips Sonicare Sonic Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush for Kids, HX6311/07 (Health and Beauty)


List Price: $49.99 USD
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baby tooth album

 

Baby Tooth Album Organizer

Looking for a gift for baby?  then the Baby Tooth Album Organizer will store your child’s baby teeth as they lose them. The organiser is flat enough to be stored inside a photo album and comes with a really handy chart to make notes of the date your child lost its tooth and their progress.

Baby Tooth Organizer for Photo Album & Scrapbook (Baby Product)


List Price: $9.99 USD
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crest whitening strips

 

Crest 3D WhiteStrips

Crest 3D White Whitestrips will give your teeth a professional level whitening and stain removal treatment. The kit contains 20-days worth of strips for upper and lower teeth. You use them once a day and stick them to your teeth, leaving them in place for 30 minutes. In addition, the kit also contains two two-hour strips. I was a bit sceptical about whether these strips really work, but they have great reviews!

Stocking stuffers

Any of these gifts could be included in a bundle with a toothbrush, or used as little stocking stuffers.

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Therabreath Fresh Breath Oral Rinse

Indulged in a lot of spicy food over the festive period? TheraBreath Oral Rinse Therabreath Fresh Breath Oral Rinse will keep your mouth as fresh as a daisy for 24 hours with its mild minty flavor, it’s alcohol free and won’t burn. It’s also suitable for vegans and gluten free and will keep your mouth from feeling dry and sticky.

 

 

Flossing & Floss Picks

floss picksFor the ultimate cleaning experience flossing and floss picks will keep your teeth and gums in tip top conditions over the holiday period. These Glide Floss Picks will give your teeth some well deserved TLC over the holiday period.

Oral-B Glide Floss Picks-30 count (Pack of 6) (Health and Beauty)


List Price: $21.10 USD
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Lip Kiss Tube Dispenser

Pucker up with these lips, as your other half won’t be able to resist them. You slide the Lip Kiss Tube Dispenser Cream Squeezer Lip Kiss Tube Dispenser over your tube of toothpaste and it squeezes the contents from the bottom of the tube towards the nozzle, thus saving a lot of wastage.  You can also use them on other tubes of cream.

 

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One of your greatest weapons to combat oral disease can harbor bacteria that can make you sick. That is why being diligent in keeping your toothbrush clean is very important and a great habit to get into, along with actually brushing & flossing. You use an

electric toothbrush and your mouth feels clean. You go back to a manual toothbrush and your mouth feels as if it’s been wiped by a silly bristly thing that’s spread plaque all over your teeth. But I do have an issue with this miracle appliance: cleaning it makes me feel sick. You can stop reading right now if spit makes you anxious. But I wouldn’t because if spit does make you anxious and you have an electric toothbrush, you’l need to know a way to store it that doesn’t involve something running down or through the brush to form a brownish circle on the charger (vomit!) should you store the brush on the charger as I do.

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I now follow this five step routine to ensure both cleanliness of mouth and brush without incurring nausea.

1. After flossing, brush teeth for for two minutes covering all surfaces and rinse.

2. Leave the tooth brush running, immediately hold the head under running warm water (cold doesn’t do it).

3. Turn the brush off, remove the head and run the handle under warm running water, taking care to get rid of all toothpaste, then wipe clean.

4. If you store on the charger wipe the charger base daily with detergent on a damp cloth, keeping your eyes closed if necessary.

5. However you store the brush, it should be upright and dry.

How to clean an electric toothbrush head

After each time you brush your teeth, be sure to rinse the toothbrush head thoroughly, getting rid of excess toothpaste or food bits from your mouth. Once a month or so, soak your toothbrush head in a solution of bleach and water (1 part bleach to 10 parts water) for a hour or so. Rinse thoroughly. Wipe the base of the toothbrush head with a clean white cloth dipped in the bleach solution (do this before soaking the toothbrush head). When the toothbrush bristles start to splay open, it is time for a new toothbrush if you have the one piece electric toothbrush or new toothbrush head if you have the two piece kind.

How to clean an electric toothbrush handle

Because the handle is an electrical appliance, it should not be submerged in liquid. Using a bleach and water mixture, dampen a small area of a clean white cloth. Wipe all over the handle. Dip a cotton swab in the bleach and water mixture and wipe out the area where the toothbrush head attaches to the handle (for a two piece toothbrush).

By using your electric toothbrush properly and taking care of it, including learning how to clean an electric toothbrush, you can be sure to get the longest life out of it.

 

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Toddlers don’t really understand why they need to brush their teeth, no matter what stories we tell them about cavities.  And having someone else put something in your mouth and move it around is simply scary, or at least uncomfortable.  Most of us don’t enjoy visiting the dentist every six months; we ask kids to open their mouths for us twice a day.  No wonder they resist.

Holding a child down is always a bad idea. It’s guaranteed to make them hate brushing their teeth.  And it undermines your relationship.  So I really don’t like the idea many dentists suggest, that two adults work together to lie the child down and hold his hands while the other person brushes his teeth.  Imagine if someone did this to you.  How could it not be traumatizing?

That doesn’t mean you should give up on brushing your toddler’s teeth, obviously. Reconciling those two things can be tough,  but I have seen many families do it.  Basically, you start small and keep at it, just as you do with every other habit.  They all brush, eventually.   A few suggestions:

1. Make brushing teeth just part of the routine.  You may want to try it BEFORE the bath so she is not so tired. Or even during the bath.  More awkward for you, but  she will be more playful and relaxed. Even right after dinner works.

2. TAKE TURNS!

Let her brush yours if you can brush hers. –Shanon H.

My daughter is 27 months. I brush my teeth while she uses her own brush, then we switch…..she brushes mine with my brush, I brush hers with her brush. –Sara H.

3. WARM HER UP TO THE IDEA SLOWLY

If it’s the brush they don’t like let them play with an extra one so they don’t fear it. They can brush dolls or trucks to clean them. Also, you can put something on their toothbrush they like (even if it’s not the healthiest) just to get them used to the brush in their mouth and slowly switch to toothpaste. You will still have to clean it with the cloth afterward until they get use to the brush. –Melody L.

4. MAKE IT FUN!

My daughter and I used to “race” to see who could brush the longest. And she wrote on the bathroom mirror with a dry erase marker with “winner” hash marks. She always beat me. –Christine D.

Have her lay on the floor with her head in your lap while you sit cross legged, and pretend to play dentist and brush. –Courtney P.

We tell our 3yo there are dragons in her mouth that will eat her teeth and that you have to brush to keep them from eating your teeth. She thinks it’s funny when we “chase” her dragons with the toothbrush! –Taylor J.

5. SCARE HER

I’m mean. I tell them if they don’t brush, the dentist will have to use a drill like Daddy uses to build, in their mouths to fix their teeth. Oh, and they will need a shot. Cruel? A little Effective? Yes. –Romy P.

(Note: Based on the comments below, this may not be the best tactic, but do what works for you!)

6. GET HELP FROM PROPS

There’s a book – it’s a Norwegian one called ‘Karius and Bakkus’ and it got me in there to brush!!! And we used those stupid flashing toothbrushes. Also let them brush my teeth. –Joy H. of Evil Joy Speaks

Disney and Oral-B have this awesome app out. Well, the *concept* is awesome, but the app itself is horrible. You make profiles of your kids, then you scan your Oral-B products. It shows a little picture for 2 minutes while a toothbrush brushes the bubbles off of it to reveal what the picture is. Then the kids get a sticker after the brush. The app is so awful, it crashes all the time, doesn’t open, etc. So why am I recommending it to you? The 3-5 times it did actually open was enough for my son to get over his INSANE fear of tooth brushing. He would scream and scream and cry while it took both my husband and I to get him to open his mouth so we could shove the stupid toothbrush in. After the app, he now brushes (mostly) willingly and without incident. So maybe it’ll work for you, maybe not, but if you can get that app to open and work, I’d give it a shot! –Katie P.

7. STOP STRESSING ABOUT IT

No one ever had to sit on a 10 yr old and brush her teeth for her. Well, not to my knowledge any way. –Penny L.

Do you have any effective tooth-brushing tips for toddlers?

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If she resists, don’t get into a power struggle.  Just “Play” toothbrushing the next day so she sees it is still on the agenda and gets a chance to work out some of her resistance.  Then try some version of brushing the next night.

There are also books and videos out there  that are worth reading with her because it helps her to get used to the idea.  There are even videos on utube of toddlers brushing.  She probably wants to mimic other kids, right?

BUT I need to add that you can only fight one battle at a time.  That is a good general, if frustrating rule, about any change you want to create.  So I would not stress about tooth brushing while you are transitioning her nap.  If she is too tired at night to handle it, then wait two months until she is taking longer naps.

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Tooth brushing is such an ingrained habit, few people think twice about it, but as with any habit, you can get sloppy, and that can lead to cavities and gum disease.

Here, dentists and oral health experts point out 10 common tooth brushing mistakes and how to fix them.

1. Not using the right toothbrush

The British Dental Health Foundation recommends using a small to medium size toothbrush. Make sure the handle is comfortable to hold.

Which is better: electric or manual? This generally comes down to individual preference.

According to the British Dental Health Foundation, electric toothbrushes have been proven to be at least 25% more effective than manual toothbrushes. Your dentist or hygienist can advise which one best suits your dental needs.

2. Not picking the right bristle

Some toothbrushes have angled bristles, others straight. So is one type better? It’s more related to brushing technique than how the bristles are angled. The British Dental Health Foundation recommends a brush with soft to medium multi-tufted, round-ended nylon bristles.

Bristles should be sturdy enough to remove plaque but not hard enough when used properly to damage the teeth.

3. Not brushing often enough or long enough

You should clean your teeth at least twice a day, especially last thing at night. However, if you eat or drink sugary foods, you ought to clean more often. Cleaning for two minutes is usually sufficient to remove plaque.

4. Brushing too often or too hard

While brushing your teeth three times a day is ideal, doing it more frequently than that may not be beneficial. Brushing more than four times a day may seem compulsive. Excessive brushing could expose the root of the tooth to irritation, and that could in turn irritate the gums. Brushing too vigorously can also erode tooth enamel. The trick is to brush gently for two to three minutes.

5. Not brushing correctly

To brush your teeth correctly, the British Dental Health Foundation recommends that you:

  • Place the head of your toothbrush against your teeth, then tilt the bristle tips to a 45 degree angle against the gum line. Move the brush in small circular movements, several times, on all the surfaces of every tooth.
  • Brush the outer surfaces of each tooth, upper and lower, keeping the bristles angled against the gum line.
  • Use the same method on the inside surfaces of all your teeth.
  • Brush the biting surfaces of the teeth.
  • To clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and make several small circular strokes with the front part of the brush.

6. Starting in the same place each time

Many people start brushing the same part of their mouth over and over, dentists find. It’s better to start in a different place each time so that the same teeth are not left till last — by that time you may be running out of steam.

7. Skipping inner tooth surfaces

Most people forget to brush the inner surfaces of teeth — the surface that your tongue presses against. The plaque harboured there is just as damaging as the plaque on the front.

The most commonly skipped area, dentists say, is the inner surface of the front teeth.

8. Not following up with a rinse of the brush

Bacteria can grow on an unrinsed toothbrush. Then the next time you brush your teeth, you may actually put old bacteria back in your mouth. Rinsing the toothbrush after you brush will also help remove any leftover toothpaste.

9. Not letting the toothbrush dry out

If you have a toothbrush that’s perpetually damp, it will cultivate more bacteria. If the bristles stay soggy, you can misshape them as you use the brush. You could keep two brushes so that one is always dry.

10. Not changing the toothbrush often enough

The British Dental Health Foundation recommends changing your toothbrush every two to three months, or sooner if the bristles look frayed.

A visual inspection of the bristles is better than sticking to any strict timescale for changing your brush.