Cheap brushes are just as good as the expensive ones, but make sure you’ve got an ADA-approved brush that’s fairly fresh. Replace your toothbrush every few months.
Don’t use too much pressure.
To get the right amount of pressure, try holding your toothbrush between your forefinger and thumb. Don’t use the rest of your hand, or you’ll be tempted to press too hard.
Don’t brush immediately after eating.
This can wear down the enamel on your teeth.
Don’t eat after you’ve brushed.
Likewise, you need to resist the temptation to eat anything immediately after you’ve brushed.
Time yourself while you brush.
Divide your mouth into quadrants and spend 30 seconds on each quadrant.
Don’t forget to floss, but don’t worry about the mouthwash.
Flossing is just as important as brushing, so get into the habit of flossing every day. Mouthwash can make your breath smell better, but it’s usually not considered important for your health (unless you have a prescription mouthwash).
Harder doesn’t mean better; soft bristles are the best thing for your teeth.
Dentists recommend soft bristles. Hard bristles can damage your enamel and gums
You’ve got to brush your tongue if you don’t want bad breath.
Try breathing out while you brush; this should help to suppress the gag reflex.
Don’t forget about your gum line.
This is one of the most important areas to brush, so don’t skip it.
Make sure that you’re working with a clean toothbrush.
Cover your toothbrush when it isn’t in use, or you could be introducing new bacteria to your mouth. Gross!