Toothbrushing techniques; what is the correct way?

Man Teeth With Electric Toothbrush

Brushing your teeth is one of the most important parts of your oral hygiene routine. People have various questions about toothbrushing, what is the best technique, manual or electric, how many times a day?
If toothbrushing is effective and performed correctly then it will help reduce the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Fluoride in your toothpaste will also assist in prevention. At McGrath Dental, in Wirral, we always advise for our patients to brush their teeth twice daily; just before bed and on one other occasion, this advice is also for your babies when their first tooth erupts!

What is the best toothbrushing technique?

There is no evidence to say that there is a correct method. However, it is advised to use a systematic approach ensuring all surfaces of every tooth has been cleaned (to the best of your ability):
• For both upper and lower teeth; Clean the outer surfaces
• Do the same again but cleaning the inner surfaces of your teeth
• Clean the chewing surfaces
• For fresher breath, be sure to brush your tongue, too


Key Notes:

  • Use a fluoride toothpaste, ensuring you spit out after brushing (do not rinse) as this will maintain fluoride concentration levels
  • Children should be supervised by an adult when brushing until at least seven years of age
  • If using mouthwash, use this on a separate occasion e.g. 30 minutes after eating a meal. Otherwise you will rinse away the fluoride on your teeth after brushing
  • Flossing or the use of Tepe Brushes daily will help with plaque removal interdentally (in between teeth)

If you would like a demonstration or any advice on toothbrushing techniques, please book an appointment with one of our Dental Therapists 0151 329 2888




The Correct Way to Brush Teeth

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