Think you’re doing it right? Let’s check – how to brush your teeth properly. Straight from the dentist’s mouth!
How to brush your teeth properly – before you start:
- Extra soft toothbrush – many patients tell us they’re no good as they can fray in mere days. IF this is sounds like you – it probably means you’re pushing too hard. Soft toothbrushes will easily last the recommended 3 months when used properly
- Wait 30 minutes after eating to brush – saliva is great at buffering acid after eating – but it takes 30 minutes to get it down to a normal level. If brushing before this we can really accelerate the wear of enamel as it is softer when our mouths are more acidic – as they are straight after a meal.
- Kids should be using kids’ brushes/ toothpaste and we should keep an eye on if they’re swallowing any (which we don’t want).
Tooth Brushing Method – Video
Have a look at this (very old, but still spot on) video on how to brush your teeth properly –
Tooth brushing tips
Now let’s take a look at some of the main takeaway points from this video:
- Floss BEFORE you brush – it helps loosen debris.
- Use aids like pixters of you have retainers or hard to reach spots.
- Floss holders are great if you have dexterity issues.
- Brush in a circular motion, at a 45 degree angle, for 2 minutes.
- Remember to try not to rinse out afterwards
- If brushing twice a day and flossing once a day most likely will not require mouthwash
- Remember to brush your tongue! Missing it is the main culprit for bad breath. You can use a tongue scraper, or some toothbrushes have a pad on the back.
Commonly missed areas
Back of the bottom front teeth
- Try brushing the back first – where most fillings are done as there is most decay found here – most people get lazy towards the end of the regime.
More ideas to help achieve the perfect brush
- Check your child’s teeth after brushing to ensure they’re doing it right.
- Plaque disclosing tablets
- Good to try on kids and only to try for curious adults.
- Let’s see exactly where we are missing as it highlights where plaque is hiding.
- Brush first before using and then rebrush where spots have been highlighted
Here’s another video about common mistakes you can make while brushing your teeth: