It is recommended that you brush twice a day, thoroughly, for up to three minutes each time. Be sure to brush all angles of your teeth, the hard to reach areas, and your tongue. The most important times to brush are first thing in the morning and before bed. If brushing after meals and snacks is possible, you will decrease susceptibility to damage caused by plaque or toxins from food.
Remember that brushing alone isn’t enough to achieve an overall cleanliness of the mouth. A tooth is composed of five sides and brushing only covers three of the five. To access the more difficult to reach areas requires dental floss, mouth wash, and/or other related deep cleaning tools.
It is a common misconception that toothpaste is the secret behind clean teeth when, in all actuality, it is about the brush. The mechanical application of the bristles against the teeth is what gets them clean. It is most effective to brush your teeth with your toothbrush and only water for 3 minutes before adding toothpaste or whitening products. These work best when applied to a nice clean surface. Work the bristles along the gum line, as that is where it is most important to clean.