Tips for Brushing Teeth Effectively

The type of toothbrush you use is the first concern. You need a smaller head that can reach into smaller areas of the mouth. The brush should have soft bristles as harder bristles can damage the surface of your teeth and your gums.

The second concern is your choice in toothpaste. Go for something that has fluoride in it and which meets any special oral concerns that have been noted by your dentist. Colgate Total and Crest Multicare are the best toothpastes on the market for most people.

Start the brushing process with a pea-sized drop of toothpaste. Start at one spot of the mouth and work your way around in a circle until you arrive back at that starting point. This strategy ensures no tooth is missed. You should be brushing for 2-4 minutes if you do a really good job.

Different dentists will suggest different methods of teeth brushing, but this is one of the more popular suggestions:

  1. Hold your brush at a 45 degree angle to your teeth and gums.
  2. Press the bristles to the gum, allowing them to work in between the teeth and gums. Cover 2-3 teeth at a time.
  3. Give lateral vibration 2-3 times then pull the brush downward, pulling plague off of the gum and teeth. Do this at least 6 times before moving on.
  4. Spit out accumulating foam if needed, then move on to the next few teeth.

Go through this process until every tooth in your mouth has been thoroughly cleansed. Your session is over when the process is over, not when your mouth is full of toothpaste foam.

Use short strokes to get food from the grooves and pits on the surface of your teeth. To get the back sides of your front teeth, hold your toothbrush at a vertical angle.

At the very least, everyone should be brushing their teeth after breakfast and before bed. If you can do it after each meal, that is even better.