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Toothbrushing Techniques for Whiter Teeth

Rebecca Desfosse

Everyone wants a sparkling white smile, but not everyone knows the best way to get one. Dingy gray or yellow stains happen naturally as we age. And eating or drinking some common foods, such as coffee or sweets, can stain teeth. So use these toothbrushing techniques to restore your bright smile.

Pick the Right Toothbrush

Did you know that using the right toothbrush can actually keep your teeth clean and white? Try a soft-bristled powered toothbrush to polish teeth. Powered toothbrushes cover more ground in a shorter amount of time. In addition, the ADA recommends a soft-bristled toothbrush. The size and shape of your brush should fit your mouth so that you can reach all of your teeth with ease. Colgate's new Optic White powered toothbrush can help whiten teeth in just one week. Its soft "whitening cups" hold toothpaste to clean teeth more effectively, while polishing bristles buff away surface stains.

Brush the Best Way

With your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gums, gently brush your teeth using short, back-and-forth strokes. Concentrate on areas that have surface stains, but be sure to brush all surfaces of your teeth, including the inside. Cleaning the inside of your front teeth might be tricky. Tilt your toothbrush vertically and use a few up-and-down strokes to brush those surfaces. In addition, be sure to brush your tongue to get rid of any bacteria that may be lingering there. Don't forget to floss after brushing.

Replace Your Toothbrush

The ADA recommends that you replace your toothbrush every three to four months, or sooner. A worn-down and frayed toothbrush can't clean your teeth as well. It won't lift stains or polish your teeth properly. When you're looking to obtain your whitest smile, throw out your toothbrush as soon as the bristles become frayed, even if it's before three months.

Use a Whitening Toothpaste

For the best results, you should use a whitening toothpaste in conjunction with these techniques. A whitening toothpaste can help remove surface stains and keep them at bay. Check out Colgate's new Optic White toothpaste, which can whiten teeth three shades. You'll start seeing results in just one week.

Read more about tooth whitening and brushing techniques in the Colgate Oral Care resources.

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