How to Brush your Teeth Correctly

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How to Brush your Teeth Correctly

Ever wondered how to brush your teeth but were to afraid to ask? You’ve come to the right place!

It’s an action that is pretty much set on autopilot by the time a person reaches their teens.

Amazingly, despite the number of times a day we brush our teeth, so many people are still brushing incorrectly. This incorrect brushing may be harmful and could prove very damaging to your teeth, gums and mouths. You don’t want to have to worry about tooth extractions so caring for your teeth is essential.

So, what is the right way to brush your teeth?


The Brushing Technique

  1. Place your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle into the gums
  2. Do 3 small circular movements at the gum line then flick the toothbrush down
  3. Use the same technique as step 2 for the inside of the teeth
  4. Brush biting surfaces using circular movements
  5. For the inside surfaces of the front teeth, on both top and bottom, place your toothbrush vertically and brush these teeth using up-and-down strokes
  6. Finally, you should end the routine with a gentle brush of your tongue to remove bacteria and help prevent bad breath

For more advice on how to properly brush your teeth, why not check out an informative video from 3 Dental:

Other Tips for Brushing Your Teeth

  • 2-3 minutes is about right

Many people make the mistake of either brushing their teeth for too long or for too short; both ways can damage your teeth and gums. The right amount of brushing is about two to three minutes. If you split your teeth into six parts: bottom left and right, top left and right, then front top and bottom, you can spend 30 seconds on each spot which is perfect.


  • Use small amounts of toothpaste

Using too much toothpaste isn’t just a waste; it also increases the likelihood of incorrect brushing. Over use of toothpaste also makes you produce too much foam when you brush your teeth, which is more likely to result in spitting and finishing the procedure before you are done. It also means that you are more likely to swallow your toothpaste.

Your toothpaste should be fluoride based, as it helps to remove plaque while simultaneously strengthening tooth enamel. If it can be avoided, you shouldn’t swallow toothpaste.


  • Toothbrush advice

Your toothbrush should be replaced every three to four months to ensure your teeth are getting the optimal clean they deserve. Sharp, bent bristles can easily damage your gums and old toothbrushes are rife with bacteria which can cause diseases.

Your toothbrush should also have soft nylon bristles, so that it can remove the dirt and bacteria properly without damaging your gums or mouth. The brush should fit comfortably in your hand and mouth and be long enough to reach your back teeth. An electric toothbrush is a great choice if you are lazy when it comes to brushing your teeth.


While you may be following all these tips and advice, let’s not forget that it’s also important to schedule a visit your dentist regularly so your teeth can remain in the best of health.