Proper Technique with the Proper Products
Toothbrushes come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but choose one that fits in your mouth comfortably. Correct brushing technique means placing the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle toward your gum line and gently moving the bristles back and forth in short strokes. Make sure to brush the outer, inner and biting surfaces of all your teeth. Brush your tongue as well, or use a tongue cleaner to kill the bacteria that are there. The Colgate® 360°® toothbrush makes it easy with a convenient tongue cleaner attached to the back of the toothbrush. Consider portable toothbrushes, such as the Colgate Wisp®, when you have to keep your teeth clean on the go.
Toothpaste is available with a variety of active ingredients that can help protect you from specific dental problems, such as cavities, gum disease, bad breath, tartar buildup, stains or sensitivity. Mouthwash can be used as an additional aid for a healthy mouth, but it does not replace brushing and flossing on a daily basis. Like toothpaste, it is also available with a variety of active ingredients, such as fluoride to protect the teeth, and antimicrobials to reduce plaque and gingivitis. Consult with your dental professional to see which types of products are right for you.