Five Tips and Techniques for Effectively Brushing Your Teeth


1. Use the right toothbrush

For most people a soft toothbrush is the right choice. It cleans your teeth without damaging your gums or enamel. Oftentimes, stiffer bristles can cause damage especially for those who tend to brush more aggressively. You should always consult your dentist to see what kind of toothbrush is right for you.

2. Use the proper brushing technique

This is a big one. Most dentists recommend holding your toothbrush at about a 45 degree angle and brush in small circles, making sure to brush the gum line. You also have to be sure you’re reaching all areas of your mouth – back molars are sometimes missed and have a tendency to accumulate plaque.

3. Use the right toothpaste for your needs

Any toothpaste you use should be approved by the ADA. If you have sensitive teeth, you should use toothpaste that is easy on your enamel and limits tooth pain. Whitening toothpaste is popular, but you should be sure that it is not damaging your teeth. Most dentists also recommend toothpaste with fluoride.

4. Replace your toothbrush often

The general rule is replacing you toothbrush every 3 months. Many people go six months because that is when they get a new toothbrush from their dentist. It is best not to wait that long. When bristles became frayed and begin to break down, they are not as effective at removing plaque.

5. Brush twice a day for at least two minutes

Two minutes seems like a long time when you’re brushing your teeth. Many people give up before the two minute mark. The easiest way to make sure you’re brushing for two minutes is to consider your teeth to be in four sections and to do each section for 30 seconds each. You should always brush when you wake up and before you go to bed.

At Halonen Family Dentistry in Battle Creek, we have over 35 years of experiences in pediatric dentistry, emergency dental care, and much more. Do not hesitate to contact us today if you’re looking for an experienced and trusted family dentist in the Battle Creek area