Proper Tooth Brushing Technique

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April 3, 2021

The American Dental Association recommends that you brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time with a soft-bristled toothbrush. 

To review the proper brushing technique, here are the essentials:

  • Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums.
  • Move the brush back and forth in gentle, short strokes.
  • Tilt the brush vertically and make several up-and-down strokes to clean the inside surface of the front teeth.
  • Brush your tongue to help fight against bad breath by removing bacteria that hide in the bumps and grooves of your tongue.
  • Replace your toothbrush every 3 months or sooner if the bristles become frayed.
Proper Tooth Brushing Technique

What Toothpaste Should Be Used?

It is important that you use toothpaste that is right for you. Today there are a variety of toothpaste available in the market claiming to look over tooth decay, gum disease, tartar, and plaque. You might want to consult your dentist to know which is the most suitable toothpaste for you.

What Is An Ideal Toothbrush For You?

For a reliable manual toothbrush, we recommend you find a toothbrush that has soft bristles and a small brush head. The soft bristles are more gentle on gums while being more effective at penetrating the areas between teeth and gums. While a small brush head makes it easier for you to reach the back teeth for a complete brushing.

Contact Us For More Tips

At Fisher & Orfaly Dental, our goal is to make your smile last a lifetime. So if you have any questions about your daily oral care routine and how to improve it, just contact us and we will be happy to help!

This article was first posted on October 15, 2018, and last updated on April 3, 2021.

About the author

Dr. George Orfaly

Dr. George Orfaly, D.M.D.

Dr. George Orfaly is a Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry and has been practicing as a dentist in Salem, MA since 2005. He has consistently improved the lives of his patients by providing them relief, confidence, and healthy smiles. He believes that oral health is directly related to overall health and well-being. Dr. Orfaly has also been an active member of the American Dental Association, Massachusetts Dental Society, and North Shore District Dental Society.

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