How to Properly Brush Your Teeth

Brushing our teeth is one of the things we do everyday wouldn’t think of stepping out of the house without brushing and even pack it when we go on a holiday. From the time a child’s first tooth erupts parents try to instill good oral hygiene habits in their children. Often like many things we can fall into some bad habits when it comes to our brushing techniques. So let’s have a look at the tips from our Surrey Dentist listed below on how to properly brush those pearly whites.

Twigs were the first attempt for cleaning teeth, then came animal hairs followed by the use of synthetics to manufacture toothbrushes. Along the way changes have been made in size and shape depending on the current needs of humans and a great array of colours. Manual or electric add even more choice and will depend on personal preference.

Sea salt and abrasive powders like baking soda paved the way for the pastes and gels that fill the dental care shelves today. With different ingredients and flavours to choose from many promise whiter, healthier teeth.

Despite all these brushes and toothpaste choices it’s easy to fall into some bad brushing habits that might need a second look to make the time spent brushing count.

The Toothbrush and Toothpaste

The many choices available in toothbrushes with soft, medium or hard bristles, different shapes and ones with extra cushioning to protect gums and cheeks come down to your preferences. Some people still like their manual brush and others feel the electric brush makes quick work of brushing. When you finish brushing rinse and store brushes upright in a spot that allows for airflow making sure brushes don’t touch one another. A reminder to replace a toothbrush every 3 months or more often if the bristles show signs of wear. Toothpaste comes down to ingredients you might want one with fluoride or extra whitening, you may want to ask for suggestions during your next appointment at SurDel Dental Centre.


Circular or vertical strokes work better than horizontal strokes for getting into tooth crevices and removing plaque. Spend time on the inside, outside, chewing surfaces and gums holding the brush at a 45 degree angle. Gentle pressure is best for 2 minutes twice a day is recommended any less does no good and longer can actually do more harm than good by causing plaque buildup and sore gums.

While you may think brushing right after eating or drinking is good practice it’s much better to wait about 30 minutes until the PH levels inside the mouth have returned to an average level.

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