Brushing your teeth : proper technique
As you already know, brushing your teeth regularly (preferably after each meal) helps prevent cavities, reduces plaque, and prevents gum disease. But over time, you can develop bad brushing habits or be unaware of the latest dental recommendations.
Here’s a handy little overview to keep in mind.
Hold the brush properly:
You should hold your brush at a 45° angle and brush in a circular motion, up and down, as if you were massaging your teeth. Take it easy! Too much pressure can cause the gums to shrink over time.
Clean all sides of your teeth, front, back, top, and where the tooth meets the gum line. If you have dental plaque that causes bad breath (this often occurs with smokers, for example), use a tongue scraper. Scrape gently! The tongue is made up of delicate skin!
Brush for 2 minutes:
Take your time. If necessary, use an hourglass like the one used by toddlers to get a sense of time. Do you prefer a high-tech option? Ask Alexa or Siri to time you!
Change your routine:
Over the years, we often develop a brushing “routine” that causes us to miss the same places every time. Change your routine from time to time. Start on the other side of your mouth and switch up your movements.
When you’re finished brushing, don’t rinse. This allows the fluoride in the toothpaste to protect your teeth.
And, of course, don’t forget to floss at least once a day, preferably before bed.
Approved by Dr Lechner
Dr. François Lechner founded the Prisma Dentistes in TMR more than 30 years ago. Over the course of his practice, he has developed his skills in general and family dentistry and is proud to offer a complete service to his patients. He is also interested in neuromuscular dentistry and the management of sleep disorders.