Brush first thing in the morning before eating and drinking, and last thing at night. For us adults use a toothbrush with a small to medium-sized head and soft to medium filaments (bristles).
Tests have shown that electric or ‘power' toothbrushes with an oscillating, rotating action are better than manual toothbrushes at removing plaque. They can remove up to twice as much plaque as a manual toothbrush. If you are unsure, ask your dental team for advice on the one that best suits your needs.
When using a manual or powered toothbrush work around the mouth in an orderly way, making sure you clean all faces of the teeth to avoid missing any areas. Use circular movements holding your toothbrush at a 45° angle to the teeth. Pay special attention to the area where the gums and teeth meet and spend at least 2 minutes to do a proper job.
90% of problems arise from areas between teeth, so using floss, tape or another form of interdental brush to reach between those areas will really boost the effects of your dental hygiene routine.
A high percentage of bacteria builds up in the hard-to-reach area at the back of the tongue. Clean this area gently with an efficient tongue cleaner specifically designed to do the job perfectly.
A mouthwash reaches places that brushing cannot. Use twice a day - in the morning, brush before breakfast and mouthwash after breakfast. At night, use last thing after brushing. Make sure that the mouthwash you use is alcohol-free and that you can see proof it works by revealing the removed bacteria, like Dentyl Active!
Make sure you regularly see your dentist or hygienist and ask them to check your cleaning and oral hygiene technique.