Good oral hygiene coupled with a balanced diet low in processed sugars and acids is the simplest way to keep the dentist at bay!
The ideal manual brushing technique should focus on brushing along the gum line. This is the point where your teeth meet the gums, and is the breeding ground for tartar and bacteria.
Key areas that many people miss are the inner surfaces of the front teeth. These can be brushed with the tip of the toothbrush. Make sure you brush the chewing surfaces of your molars to clear out any impacted food. An optional brush along your tongue surface can help remove bacteria that cause bad breath.
There is no better way to prevent bad teeth than brushing teeth. It is such a basic oral hygiene procedure that everyone knows about it. The problem is when people become lazy or use improper teeth brushing techniques. The question of how to brush your teeth is an important one to answer if you don't know. Everything from bad breath to stained teeth can be prevented if you take the time to do it right.
In general, a toothbrush head should be small (1" by 1/2") for easy access to all areas of the mouth, teeth and gums. Be sure to change your toothbrush, or toothbrush head (if you're using an electric toothbrush) before the bristles become splayed and frayed. Not only are old toothbrushes ineffective, but they may harbor harmful bacteria that can cause infection such as gingivitis and periodontitis. Toothbrushes should be changed every three to four months.
Without flossing, plaque and calculus build up on teeth and underneath the gums, creating inflammation of the gums which leads to gingivitis and more serious forms of gum disease. Perhaps you notice that when you floss and/or brush that your gums tend to bleed. If so, this is generally a sign that your teeth are not clean.
The main purpose is to remove the film of plaque on your teeth, not just food particles!