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Smiling woman talks to a dental professional

Better Ways to Brush Your Teeth

When it comes to brushing your teeth, there are only a few hard and fast rules. That said, many people still find them tough to follow. Here’s how to properly brush your teeth, along with a few tips to help you stick with it.

1. Daily double: Brush for two minutes, twice a day

The Canadian Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth for at least two minutes, twice a day. Most of us brush for only about 45 seconds—not even close to two minutes. To get an idea of what two minutes actually feels like, set a timer or play a song while brushing your teeth. Be sure to wait 30 minutes to brush your teeth after eating or drinking, since that’s when they are at their softest and most vulnerable.

2. Easy does it: Brush softly to best clean and protect enamel

Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums and brush gently.

You shouldn’t brush your teeth with the same force you might use to scrub the dishes. Studies show that excessively vigorous brushing can damage enamel. Use a soft-bristled brush and try gripping it like a pencil to help get the right angle for gentle brushing.

3. Leave no tooth behind: Brush thoroughly and carefully

One widely recommended technique is to brush in small circles with short, tooth-wide strokes. Be sure to brush the outer, inner, and the chewing surfaces of the teeth. You have two minutes to fill so you might as well brush thoroughly. One trick is to pretend you’re painting your teeth and cover the entire surface of each tooth with the brush.

Daily double: Brush for two minutes, twice a day

The Canadian Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth for at least two minutes, twice a day. Most of us brush for only about 45 seconds—not even close to two minutes. To get an idea of what two minutes actually feels like, set a timer or play a song while brushing your teeth. Be sure to wait 30 minutes to brush your teeth after eating or drinking, since that’s when they are at their softest and most vulnerable.

Easy does it: Brush softly to best clean and protect enamel

Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums and brush gently.

You shouldn’t brush your teeth with the same force you might use to scrub the dishes. Studies show that excessively vigorous brushing can damage enamel. Use a soft-bristled brush and try gripping it like a pencil to help get the right angle for gentle brushing.

Leave no tooth behind: Brush thoroughly and carefully

One widely recommended technique is to brush in small circles with short, tooth-wide strokes. Be sure to brush the outer, inner, and the chewing surfaces of the teeth. You have two minutes to fill so you might as well brush thoroughly. One trick is to pretend you’re painting your teeth and cover the entire surface of each tooth with the brush.

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A Fresh Take on Berries

Berries are healthy and delicious, but they’re also highly acidic. Try pairing these foods with berries to counteract their acidity.

Learn what foods counteract acidity in berries

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Citrus and Your Health

Citrus foods are good for your health, but they can be tough on teeth. See tips on how to offset their acidity.

Read how to offset citrus acidity

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Are You at Risk?

Are your eating, drinking and brushing habits putting your enamel at risk? Take our quiz and find out.

Take the quiz

Woman Holding Strawberries

A Fresh Take on Berries

Berries are healthy and delicious, but they’re also highly acidic. Try pairing these foods with berries to counteract their acidity.

Learn what foods counteract acidity in berries

Orange juice in a glass and a half of the orange next to it

Citrus and Your Health

Citrus foods are good for your health, but they can be tough on teeth. See tips on how to offset their acidity.

Read how to offset citrus acidity

Young girl eating a carrot

Are You at Risk?

Are your eating, drinking and brushing habits putting your enamel at risk? Take our quiz and find out.

Take the quiz