Proper tooth brushing involves four things: a toothbrush with soft bristles, toothpaste with fluoride, the correct angle of brushing, and brushing in a pattern. Here are some tips that will help you get the most out of your brushing sessions.

important to brush at least twice a day, after breakfast and before bed.

* We recommend the use of a toothbrush with soft bristles. Soft

bristles with rounded tips are kinder to your teeth and gums, and they also make it easier to remove plaque below the gumline, where periodontal disease starts.

* Use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste that contains fluoride. Fluoride

hardens the outer enamel layer of the teeth. It might stop a cavity in its tracks and give you more resistance to future cavities.

angle and apply firm pressure so the bristles slide under the gum line.

and in small circular motions. Brush two or three teeth at a time and then move to the next teeth, allowing some overlap.

* Tilt the brush and use the tip to brush the backs of the front teeth.

insides of the teeth tend to get less attention, you might start with the insides of the upper teeth, then go to the insides of the lower teeth. Switch to the outsides of the upper teeth, and then the outsides of the lower teeth. Brush the chewing surfaces of the upper teeth, then the lower teeth. Complete your routine by gently brushing your tongue and the roof of your mouth. This removes germs and keeps your breath fresh.

every three months. Old bristles don't clean well under the gum line, and they host more plaque and disease-causing bacteria.