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Is an electric toothbrush necessary to clean teeth well?
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.
Why do I need to brush my teeth?
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.
How often do I need to brush my teeth?
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.
For how long do I need to brush my teeth?
To clean your teeth thoroughly, the inside, outside and chewing surface of each tooth needs to be brushed. This takes around 2-3 minutes.
What is flossing?
Flossing is cleaning the surfaces between the teeth by passing thread-like 'floss' between the teeth in a sawing motion.
Do I need to floss?
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.
Is a hard or soft toothbrush better for my teeth?
A toothbrush with soft bristles and a small head is recommended. This helps to prevent premature wear of the enamel of the teeth.
About this article
Author: Dr Idan Ben-Barak PhD, MSc, BSc (Med)
First answered: 16 Jul 2015
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: How to clean your teeth