There's two pieces of advice you can never go wrong by following—floss and brush at least twice a day to keep your pearly whites bright and healthy.
You will need
- A soft-bristled toothbrush
- A fluoride toothpaste
- A glass of water or mouthwash
Step 1 Apply toothpaste Apply toothpaste to your brush. You only need a pea-sized dab of paste to do the job.
Adults should always use toothpaste with fluoride to fight tooth decay.
Step 2 Angle brush Hold the toothbrush against your gums with the bristles at a 45-degree angle.
Step 3 Move in circles Move the brush in small circles using short gentle motions, making sure that you get under the gum line as much as possible. But don’t brush too roughly—it may cause your gums to bleed.
Step 4 Brush all surfaces Make sure you brush the top, front and back surfaces of each tooth. Don’t forget your back molars. You should brush your teeth for 2 to 3 minutes.
Pick a favorite song 2 to 3 minutes long and brush along to it to make brushing fun, not tedious.
Step 5 Behind front teeth To brush behind your front teeth, use the front tip of your brush and angle the bristles at a 60-degree angle. Brush gently up and down.
Step 6 Brush top of tongue Before rinsing your toothbrush, gently brush the top of your tongue to help get rid of bacteria and freshen your breath.
It’s recommended that you replace your toothbrush every 2 weeks to 3 months—or whenever you’ve been sick—to keep harmful bacteria from building up.
Step 7 Rinse mouth Rinse your mouth out with mouthwash or water and smile, baby!
Prince Charles’s valet squeezes his toothpaste onto his toothbrush for him.