Looking for the best way to brush your teeth? Do you brush your teeth twice a day and diligently floss? Even if you do, your technique could be off. You could be missing most of the debris in your mouth! We’re going back to basics, breaking down how to correctly brush your teeth in five steps because we believe everyone deserves a healthy smile!
To brush your teeth correctly, you have to start with the right toothbrush. Soft bristles will serve your smile the best. Studies have shown that powered toothbrushes are slightly better at reducing plaque and gum disease! So, if the idea of an electric toothbrush gets you excited to brush your teeth, more power to you (and your toothbrush)!
However, both manually brushing and using an electric tooth are effective at cleaning teeth.
When you use a toothbrush correctly, manual and electric are equally good at helping to protect your oral health. Don’t use not having an electric toothbrush as an excuse to skip!
Tip #1: Use a soft-bristled brush that fits in your mouth comfortably. Can you reach all areas easily?
Tip #2: Angles are everything. Be sure your toothbrush is positioned at a 45 degree angle. Gently move the brush back and forth in short strokes, like this:
Tip #3: Make sure to brush each surface of every tooth – inside, outside and top. Spend extra time on the gum line.
Tip #4: Use the end of your toothbrush to clean the inside surfaces of your front teeth. Don’t neglect the back sides of your teeth!
Tip #5: Brush your tongue to remove bacteria. This will help better your breath and keep taste buds healthy. Some opt for tongue scrapers, but you can use your toothbrush, as well!
Finish up with flossing and thoroughly rinse with water. After a few weeks using the proper techniques, you may just become you dentist’s favorite patient!
Caring for our smiles is important because our oral health is linked with our overall health! Learn more about how the mouth is linked to the body:
*Updated May 2019