• A worn out brush is less effective in removing plaque and it may harbour bacteria. Remember to replace your brush every 3 months.
• Use a brush with soft round-ended bristles. Bristles that are too hard, worn or frayed, can damage your gums.
• Spend a minimum of 2 to 3 minutes brushing your teeth, twice a day. Most people only spend about 45 second. Be gentle and hold the brush at a 45-degree angle to the gumline.
• Try to choose a toothbrush with the Canadian Dental Association Seal of Approval.
• Electric toothbrushes are helpful for patients who do not have complete manual dexterity. There are a number of useful brushes on the market that will stimulate the gums while they cleanse the tooth surfaces.
• A complete home care regimen must include flossing. Using dental floss once daily is the only way to clean plaque from the surfaces between the teeth.