The harder I brush, the better, right?

Harder does not mean better. Cleaning your teeth all comes down to good technique. When you brush your teeth too hard, you can cause damage to your teeth and gums.  Over time, your gums will start to shrink and your teeth will become more sensitive. Angle the bristles on your toothbrush head towards your gum and clean each and every surface, of each and every tooth. Don't make your toothbrush become like this!

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When should I brush my teeth?

People often get into a bad routine as a child, and then stick with it for a long time until they encounter problems or pain. So, make sure you never brush your teeth within thirty minutes of eating or drinking, as this damages the enamel of your teeth. You wouldn’t pour acid onto your brand new car and then start brushing it into your lovely new paintwork. That’s the equivalent of brushing your teeth straight after eating or drinking. You need to give your saliva some time to neutralise those acids and protect your teeth. The night time brush is...

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How often does the average person brush for?

Just 25-35 seconds is the average amount of time people spend brushing their teeth. Most people know, we dentists recommend, you should be brushing twice a day for two minutes, however it’s a lot longer than it seems. We would recommend using a brush with a built in two-minute timer, the stopwatch on your phone or even a sand timer. You should split your mouth into four areas; top right, top left, bottom left and bottom right. Most electric toothbrushes buzz after thirty seconds, that should be your cue to move onto the next area of your mouth. Spend thirty...

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