When it comes to keeping your teeth clean, a toothbrush is your best friend. But, like all good things, there is a right way and a wrong way to use a toothbrush. If you’re not using your toothbrush correctly, you could be doing more harm than good. Here’s a step-by-step guide to using your toothbrush the right way:
1. Wet your toothbrush. Before you start brushing, wet your toothbrush. This will help the bristles move around more easily and help the toothpaste to lather up.
2. Apply toothpaste. Squeeze a pea-sized amount of toothpaste onto the bristles of your toothbrush. If you’re using a manual toothbrush, you can also dip the bristles into a pot of toothpaste.
3. Start brushing. Place your toothbrush against your teeth at a 45-degree angle and use gentle circular motions to start brushing. Be sure to brush on the inside surfaces of your teeth as well as the chewing surfaces and fronts of your teeth.
4. Finish up. Once you’ve brushed all of your teeth, use gentle back-and-forth strokes to brush your tongue. This will help remove bacteria and freshen your breath.
5. Rinse. Spit the toothpaste out into the sink and rinse your mouth and toothbrush with water.
6. Store your toothbrush. Allow your toothbrush to air-dry before storing it in a toothbrush holder. If you’re using an electric toothbrush, make sure the head is dry before storing it.