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How to Brush

What Is the Right Way to Brush?
Proper brushing takes at least two minutes — that’s right, 120 seconds! Most adults do not come close to brushing that long. To get a feel for the time involved, try using a stopwatch. To properly brush your teeth, use short, gentle strokes, paying extra attention to the gumline, hard-to-reach back teeth and areas around fillings, crowns or other restoration. Concentrate on thoroughly cleaning each section as follows:

  • Clean the outer surfaces of your upper teeth, then your lower teeth
  • Clean the inner surfaces of your upper teeth, then your lower teeth
  • Clean the chewing surfaces
  • For fresher breath, be sure to brush your tongue, too

What Type of Toothbrush Should I Use?
Most dental professionals agree that a soft-bristled brush is best for removing plaque and debris from your teeth. Small-headed brushes are also preferable, since they can better reach all areas of the mouth, including hard-to-reach back teeth. For many, a powered toothbrush is a good alternative. It can do a better job of cleaning teeth, particularly for those who have difficulty brushing or who have limited manual dexterity. To find the right Colgate toothbrush for you, .

How Important is the Toothpaste I Use?
It is important that you use a toothpaste that’s right for you. Today there is a wide variety of toothpaste designed for many conditions, including cavities, gingivitis, tartar, stained teeth and sensitivity. Ask your dentist or dental hygienist which toothpaste is right for you. To find the right Colgate toothpaste for you.

How Often Should I Replace My Toothbrush?
You should replace your toothbrush when it begins to show wear, or every three months, whichever comes first. It is also very important to change toothbrushes after you’ve had a cold, since the bristles can collect germs that can lead to reinfection.


    Acid wear is caused by stomach acid and certain foods you eat. The acid temporarily softens the enamel of the tooth, and while this is occurring, damage to the enamel may occur. This can cause increased sensitivity, a change in color, transparency around the edges and even small indentations on the surface of the tooth. Reversing this damage isn’t possible, so it’s best to avoid it to begin with.


    1. Get help if you’re bulimic. Stomach acid can have very damaging effects on the teeth, so getting the help you need for your eating disorder is imperative.

    2. Learn what foods can cause acid wear. Fruits and their associated juices (lemons are the worst), wine, salad dressing, caffeinated drinks and soft drinks are the typical offenders. Avoid holding these foods in your mouth for long periods of time, and don’t swish an acidic drink around in your mouth.

    3. Stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of water keeps saliva production at proper levels; saliva effectively neutralizes acid left over in the mouth after eating.

    4. Eat cheese or another dairy product after consuming something acidic. This also helps neutralize the acid and helps restore calcium to the teeth as well.

    Tips & Warnings

    1. Use a straw to drink acidic drinks. This reduces the amount of the drink that touches your teeth.

    2. Avoid brushing your teeth for about an hour after eating something acidic. Since the enamel is soft, brushing your teeth can actually do more harm than good.

    3. Try using a toothpaste designed to restore enamel.

    4. See your dentist on a regular basis. Dentists typically recommend prophylaxis (teeth cleaning) at 6-month intervals.


    There are good foods and bad foods but timing can make all the difference in maintaining your dental health.