Brushing is the most effective method for removing harmful plaque from your teeth and gums. Getting the debris off your teeth and gums in a timely manner prevents bacteria in the food you eat from turning into harmful, cavity-causing acids.

Most dentists agree that brushing two times a day is the minimum to maintain optimal oral hygiene.


Since everyone’s teeth are different, come see us first before choosing a brushing technique. Here are some popular techniques that work:

  • Use a circular motion to brush only two or three teeth at a time, gradually covering the entire mouth.
  • Place your toothbrush next to your teeth at a 45-degree angle to your gumline and gently brush in a circular motion – not up and down.

  • Don’t forget the other surfaces of your mouth that are covered in bacteria – including the gums, the roof and floor of your mouth, and most importantly, your tongue. Brushing your tongue not only removes trapped bacteria and other disease-causing germs, but it also freshens your breath.

  • Remember to replace your brush when the bristles begin to spread because a worn toothbrush will not properly clean your teeth.

  • Effective brushing usually takes about two minutes. Believe it or not, studies have shown that most people rush during tooth brushing, spending less than a minute.

Type of brush to use

Most people are advised to choose a regular sized toothbrush with soft, nylon bristles (natural bristles tend to harbor bacteria). The brush should have a long, wide handle for a firm grasp. Medium and hard bristles are can lead to gingival recession and are not recommended.

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