Brushing is an essential part of the tooth-cleaning process. And you’d be surprised to know you might not know how to brush teeth properly. We’re including steps here to ensure that you’re keep your teeth brushed and clean even after you’ve had your routine dental cleaning.
Proper tooth brushing on a daily basis can help remove the build of plaque, and prevent a number oral health concerns. When brushing teeth, the goal is to remove plaque from:
Most people tend to brush too hard so we strongly advise the use of a soft or electric toothbrush. To brush teeth properly, it is also a good idea to change your toothbrush roughly every three months.
For the back teeth, hold the toothbrush at a 45 degree angle in relation to the gumline (Step 1). To brush teeth properly, use short, circular strokes as you move the brush at the junction of the gums and teeth. Brush the chewing surfaces of these teeth by holding the brush parallel to the surface of the teeth and brushing back and forth.
For the tongue side of the front teeth, hold the toothbrush so that the bristles at the top of the brush contact the gums at a 45 degree angle (Step 2). Again, use short, circular strokes to properly clean the teeth. For the cheek side, hold the toothbrush from the side at a 45 degree angle and use short, circular strokes (Step 3).
You can also brush the surface of your tongue to remove the bacteria and debris that reside on the surface.
For flossing instructions, please see How to Floss.