Want to improve your brushing technique? Here’s how
Not sure how to brush your teeth the right way? Then you can use some tips to improve technique!
While brushing teeth is not the only way to keep your teeth healthy, it’s a great weapon in your fight against cavities.
How to brush your teeth the right way
There is a correct way to brush your teeth, and this is what it looks like.
First, wet your toothbrush, then use a little bit of toothpaste, about the size of a pea, on the middle of your brush head.
Gently sweep the brush in small, circular (not back and forth) motions for at least two minutes. Finish by rinsing your mouth out with water.
You can brush before or after you floss—both ways have benefits, but it really just matters that you maintain both habits.
There are three keys to brushing teeth the right way:
1. Brush for at least two minutes
Want to know how to properly brush your teeth? How long you should brush your teeth is very important — however, it’s also very easy to ignore, especially for children. Use about 30 seconds on each quadrant of your teeth to best disorganise the biofilm.
This means you have to ignore your brain’s built-in 45-second timer, which is the average time most people brush. To go the extra mile, grab a two-minute timer or try an electric toothbrush with a timer built-in.
2. Brush in small circular motions, not straight ones
The “sawing” motion many people are accustomed to is counterproductive. It can lead to gouges in your enamel that make a perfect home for tiny food particles. Instead, focus on sweeping in a circular motion.
Aim for your gumline—that sweeping motion should point your toothbrush at and down from the gums. When you brush, the motion can help remove particles of food that get stuck right under the gums.
3. Be gentle
Don’t dig at your teeth like they made you mad! Gentle brushing is just as effective as brushing too hard. Plus, gentle brushing doesn’t damage your enamel.