Start with the Right Tools
Get a good toothbrush
Choose a soft toothbrush with a small head. It is hard enough to remove plaque and gentle enough to protect your teeth or gums from damage. If you have sensitive gums or experience gum recession, an extra-sensitive brush head is a better choice.
Electric toothbrushes are efficient in removing plaque and reducing gingivitis. The bristles vibrate or rotate to help remove plaque build-up from your teeth and gums. If you have arthritis or dexterity problems, an electric toothbrush is a great choice.
Bring in your toothbrush and toothpaste to your next appointment and we’ll let you know if you have the right tools for the job.
The Best Way to Brush
Ideally, you want to brush your teeth after each meal, but if you can’t, brush at least twice a day – after breakfast and before going to bed. The idea is to start from a specific location in your mouth and work your way through the whole mouth, ending where you started.
4 Steps to Master Proper Brushing
- Hold the brush at a 45-degree angle toward the teeth and gums. Gently press against the gums so the tips of the bristles go in between the gum and the teeth.
- Apply a few lateral strokes and roll the brush down (or up) to sweep the plaque away from the teeth and the gum. On chewing surfaces, short strokes work best to get the plaque out of the grooves and pits. When brushing the back side of your front teeth, hold your brush vertically to be able to reach the teeth better.
- Repeat this motion 6 to 10 times and move on to the next area of 2 to 3 teeth. If your mouth is full of foam, spit it out and continue brushing.
- Brushing is completed when you have brushed all the surfaces of your teeth, not when your mouth is full of paste.