Brushing your teeth three or more times a day is a key ingredient in maintaining a healthy smile. Unfortunately, due to forgetfulness or time constraints, many people do not take the time required to brush away the harmful substance known as plaque each day. Plaque is the major cause of tooth decay, which results from the consumption of food, especially those rich in sugar and carbohydrates.
You should be sure to employ the proper technique and tools when brushing to ensure it is as effective as possible. You should always use an ADA approved toothbrush and toothpaste. Electronic brushes are a great alternative to soft bristle brushes and are usually more effective. Brushing sessions should last anywhere from one to two minutes, during which all tooth surfaces should be cleaned. You should move your toothbrush in a small circular motion around the outer, inner, and biting surfaces of every tooth. After brushing, you should be sure to rinse with water or some form of oral antiseptic.