Frequently Asked Questions

Teeth Cleaning

Date Posted: 12/1/2001

What technique should I use?

When brushing your teeth it is best to place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your teeth, aiming the bristles of your brush toward the gum line. The join between the teeth and the gum is a nice niche for bacteria and plaque to accumulate, so it is important to get to this area.

Once you have the brush at the correct angle, all you need to do is jiggle the brush gently back and forward, only brushing one or two teeth at a time. Don’t be excessively vigorous but also don’t be too mild.

Remember. Your are trying to penetrate the bristles into the gaps between teeth to remove a very soft plaque.

You need to be systematic – brushing all teeth in order, inside and outside – and you really should do it in front of a mirror so you can see what you are doing.

More questions in this category:

What technique should I use?
How long should I brush?
How often should I brush?
Is brushing alone enough?
How often should I floss?
What is the correct way to floss?
What should I do if brushing or flossing makes my gums bleed?
Choosing a toothbrush
Choosing a toothpaste



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