How to Brush Your Teeth

How to Brush Your Teeth Techniques by Your Salt Lake City Dentists

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Always use a soft brush with a small head. A soft brush is enough to remove plaque, yet gentle enough not to hurt your teeth or gums.

The next step is to select good toothpaste. In general, a toothpaste that contains Fluoride will do the job, unless you have special needs that you can discuss with Your Salt Lake City Dentists. We recommend Colgate Total and Crest Multicare.

The first rule of brushing is to start from a specific location and work your way to the opposite side, continuing all the way through the whole mouth so that you end where you started. This way you won’t miss any area. Usually a pea-sized amount of toothpaste is enough. Brushing should take anywhere from 2 minutes to preferably around 4 minutes.

There are a variety of techniques for brushing your teeth, but one of the most popular ones is described here:

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. Then apply a few circular strokes and roll down the brush to sweep the plaque away from the teeth and the gum. 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 out and continue brushing. Your brushing is completed when you have brushed all the surfaces of your teeth, not when your mouth is full! 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.

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.

For more questions about toothbrushes and brushing technique and you live in or around Salt Lake City, give us a call today at (801) 582-5787 to schedule an appointment!