What Is the Correct Way to Brush Teeth?

by on December 2, 2015
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One of the most frequently asked questions people have when they visit their dentist is what the correct way is for them to brush their teeth at home. People brush their teeth in all different manners, from back and forth motions to circular motions. The various movements used to brush teeth are beneficial when performed correctly.

However, one of the biggest mistakes people make is not brushing their teeth long enough to remove plaque. You cannot effectively remove plaque from your teeth if you only brush them for about a minute once a day. Ideally, you should brush your teeth at least twice a day and for several minutes. In addition, it does not hurt to brush teeth after snacks and meals to help reduce the amount of plaque left on the teeth.

The following brushing guidelines will help you learn how to become a pro at brushing your teeth and develop better dental habits to keep your smile beautiful.

  1. Start by dividing your teeth into sections. Your dentist at Kennedy Square Dental divides your teeth into sections whenever you come in for a visit to get them cleaned, so you should do the same thing at home. First, section teeth into top and bottom sections. Next, split the two sections into left and right sides, so you end up with four sections: top left, top right, bottom left, and bottom right.
  2. Brush your teeth using the right toothbrush and toothpaste. Your dentist can make recommendations as to what bristle type, toothbrush, and toothpaste is best for your at-home dental care.
  3. Brush each section for at least 30 seconds. Make small circular motions on the front of the teeth as you brush each section and remember to brush along the gum line. If you have an electric tooth brush slowly move the brush over the teeth as it makes the circular motions. Tips to ensure you spend at least 30 seconds on each area are to put on your favourite music and set a timer. 30 seconds can seem like a long period of time when brushing your teeth.
  4. Brush the tops of your teeth. The tops of the teeth should be done last and not included in the initial 30 second recommendation for each section. Treat the tops as a “fifth” section. A gentle back-and-forth motion is all that is needed to brush the tops of the teeth. You should also spend at least 30 seconds brushing the tops of the teeth.
  5. Gently brush your tongue for about 15 seconds. Brushing the tongue helps remove bacteria and fresher your breath.
  6. Rinse with fresh water, floss, and finish with an approved mouth wash. Again, your dentist can help you select the best floss and mouth wash to use to help control issues such as plaque, bad breath, and reduce the risks for gingivitis.

By practicing these brushing tips, you will discover your mouth feels cleaner and fresher. Do not forget to visit your favourite dentist/hygienist at least twice a year for preventive checkups and more detailed cleanings. For more information on the right way to brush your teeth, please contact Kennedy Square Dental today at 905-789-7339 to schedule a consultation appointment. Our office is open seven days a week, and we even offer late afternoon and evening appointments to fit with your schedule.