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Healthy Teeth

What is your morning routine like? Maybe you get up, have some breakfast, get dressed and … brush your teeth! But how often should you brush your teeth? What is your toothbrush like? It is really important that we brush our teeth every day to make sure that we keep them in a healthy condition. This text will tell you more about brushing your teeth and steps you can take to make sure you are giving your teeth a good clean everyday.

How to Brush Your Teeth

How many times should you brush your teeth a day? At least twice a day, morning and evening. Imagine it is the evening and you are getting ready for bed. It is time to brush your teeth! You might be feeling tired and think “is it really important to brush your teeth?” Yes, it is! Let’s have a look at how to brush your teeth properly step by step.

These are 5 steps to brush your teeth.

  • First of all, apply a pea-sized amount of toothpaste to your toothbrush.
  • Then start brushing the tops of your teeth.
  • Next, brush the front of your teeth.
  • Finally, brush the backs of your teeth.
  • Then rinse with water.

You can use the acronym TFB to help you remember where to brush.

Letter Part of tooth
T Tops
F Front
B Backs

But how long are you supposed to brush your teeth? Three minutes is a good amount of time to brush your teeth for. Now that you know how to properly brush your teeth, let’s think about other things that keep our teeth healthy.

Visiting The Dentist

It is important to have regular check ups at the dentist. They can check if all of our teeth are healthy and save us from tooth decay. What happens if you don’t brush your teeth? If you don’t look after your teeth properly, you can end up with cavities. A cavity is a small hole in the tooth. If you eat a lot of sugary foods and don’t brush your teeth, bacteria will feed on the sugar and could cause cavities. But don’t worry, as long as you brush your teeth properly and visit the dentist regularly, your teeth should stay nice and healthy.


Healthy Teeth – Summary

When should you brush your teeth? Twice every day! Follow these steps to properly brush your teeth at least twice a day.

  • First of all, apply a pea-sized amount of toothpaste to your toothbrush.
  • Then start brushing the tops of your teeth.
  • Next, brush the front of your teeth.
  • Finally, brush the backs of your teeth.
  • Then rinse with water.

And how long do you brush your teeth for? Three minutes. You could use a three minute timer to keep track. Do you want some extra practice? To test your knowledge, have a look at our exercises and worksheets. Happy brushing!

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Transcript Healthy Teeth

It's night time and Kai wants to brush his teeth. Let's find out how Kai gets healthy teeth. To brush his teeth, Kai needs a toothbrush and toothpaste. During the day, Kai uses a cup to hold his toothbrush and toothpaste. It is important that the brush points upwards so it can dry after brushing. Kai can also fill his toothbrush cup with water. He needs that after brushing his teeth to rinse. Very practical! Before brushing his teeth, Kai applies a pea-sized amount of toothpaste to the toothbrush. That's just enough and makes the right amount of foam in the mouth. Just before Kai starts brushing, he turns over his hourglass. It runs for three minutes. Now, where exactly is Kai supposed to start brushing? Luckily, he has a great reminder - and it's on his cup! The T F B reminds him: brush the tops of his teeth first then the front of his teeth next and finally the back of his teeth last. So Kai starts with the top surfaces. There he can move the toothbrush back and forth evenly. This is quite easy and makes the teeth nice and clean. After a minute, Kai changes and continues cleaning on the front. There he makes beautiful, circular movements. This is his favourite movement! After another minute, Kai switches to the back. There he cleans with a zigzag motion. Cleaning the back is not so easy. But Kai knows that it's important to be thorough when brushing your teeth. After three minutes, Kai has finished brushing and can rinse his mouth with the water from his cup. This will make Kai's teeth sparkling clean. You can feel whether your teeth are well brushed too! Rub your tongue along their surfaces, your teeth will feel very smooth. Kai brushes his teeth twice a day: once in the morning and once at night. Sometimes Kai even brushes his teeth three times, once after lunch. Kai always takes good care of his teeth. He regularly visits his dentist together with his parents. She can check if all of his teeth are healthy and save him from tooth decay! Bacteria feeds on sugar and can cause holes on the teeth. Sugary drinks like fizzy pop or treats like sweets are delicious, but not healthy for teeth. But don't worry: as long as you brush your teeth well and visit the dentist regularly, tooth decay doesn't stand a chance! Let's remember what we learnt today: You should brush your teeth two or three times a day. Brush all sides of your teeth: the top, front and back of each tooth. You can remember with the letters T F B! Using a three-minute timer helps ensure you brush as thoroughly as possible! You just need a tiny bit of toothpaste, a pea-sized blob should be plenty! Don't forget to rinse your mouth after brushing! Dentists will answer your questions, care for and fix problems with your teeth. That's it for today. Happy smiles!

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  1. this is really good!

    From Phoebe-lee, 4 months ago

Healthy Teeth exercise

Would you like to apply the knowledge you’ve learnt? You can review and practice it with the tasks for the video Healthy Teeth.
  • What do you need to brush your teeth?


    We need to rinse the toothpaste from our mouths after brushing our teeth.

    Do we need a bath to clean our teeth?


    To brush our teeth we need:

    • A toothbrush
    • Toothpaste
    • Water

  • What is the process for brushing your teeth?


    How can the letters on the cup help you to remember the order of brushing?

    We need toothpaste to brush our teeth and water to rinse our mouths.


    We brush our teeth for 3 minutes with toothpaste and rinse with water.

  • Do the habits give you healthy or unhealthy teeth?


    Visiting the dentist is a healthy habit.

    Eating foods with a lot of sugar is an unhealthy habit.


    Our healthy or unhealthy habits have an effect on our teeth.

    We can look after our teeth by:

    • Brushing for 3 minutes.
    • Not eating too many sugary foods or drinks.
    • Using toothpaste.
    • Visiting the dentist regularly.
    We may end up with tooth decay if:
    • We never use toothpaste.
    • We eat too many sugary foods and drinks and don't brush our teeth afterwards. It is ok to have these types of food and drinks sometimes as long as we brush our teeth properly afterwards.
    • We never visit the dentist.

  • What will help keep your teeth healthy?


    Remember to brush your teeth for 3 minutes to keep them healthy.

    Remember to brush the TFB of your teeth to keep them healthy.


    The correct answers are seen in the image above. There are many things you can do to make sure your teeth stay healthy!

  • How can you keep your teeth healthy?


    You should brush your teeth after you eat breakfast and after you eat dinner.

    Toothpaste is an important part of brushing your teeth.

    Who can help us to keep our teeth healthy?


    You can keep your teeth healthy by following the steps of brushing and visiting the dentist regularly.

  • How can we keep our teeth healthy?


    Brushing your teeth every day is important.

    The dentist is like a doctor for your teeth.


    The correct answers are seen in the image above. Healthy habits will keep your teeth healthy!