Do I need to rinse my mouth after brushing my teeth?
It is not necessary to rinse your mouth after brushing your teeth and spitting out the toothpaste. Leaving a small amount of toothpaste on your teeth can help to protect them from decay.
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An electric toothbrush can help make it easier to clean teeth well, but with correct technique a standard toothbrush can also do a good job.
Even if you brush and floss regularly, you still need to see a dentist for regular check-ups. Not only can your dentist check for decay and other oral health conditions, they remove tartar, a hardened form of …
Over time, dental plaque, a soft deposit that contains bacteria, tends to develop on the surfaces of teeth. This can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.
For good oral health, it is important to brush your teeth 2-3 times a day. More frequent brushing may not be beneficial, as it may wear down your tooth enamel.
To clean your teeth thoroughly, the inside, outside and chewing surface of each tooth needs to be brushed. This takes around 2-3 minutes.
Flossing is cleaning the surfaces between the teeth by passing thread-like ‘floss’ between the teeth in a sawing motion.
Flossing regularly helps to remove dental plaque that may form between teeth and prevent tooth decay and gum damage. Brushing cannot effectively reach these areas.