Teeth brushing is important in preventing tooth decay and gum disease. Here, our dentists explain the proper techniques for brushing your teeth and why it's so important to follow at home.
Preventive hygiene is important for your oral health. This includes attending regular cleanings and exams at your dentist office, as well as practicing good oral health care at home, especially regular brushing.
Regular, thorough teeth brushing is important in preventing tooth decay and gum disease. It helps to remove bacteria that can cause tooth decay and plaque that can cause gum disease.
Here, our dentists break down proper brushing techniques.
Proper Brushing Techniques
Clean every surface of every tooth in your mouth - the chewing surface, the cheek side, and the tongue side.
Brush at 45 degree angle in a sweeping motion. For the upper teeth, use a sweeping downward motion, and for lower teeth use a sweeping upward motion. Only brush back and forth on chewing surfaces.
How Often to Brush
Ideally, you should brush after every meal but wait at least 30 minutes after your meal before brushing. At the very least, brush twice a day and always before you go to bed.
How Long to Brush
Don't rush it - A thorough brushing should take at least two minutes, but no longer than four minutes. You can always try timing yourself to make sure your brushing routine is long enough.
Using the Right Brush
Use a soft brush with rounded bristles that allow you to reach your back teeth.
There are many different brush shapes and sizes, so ask your dentist to suggest the best one for you.