Proper Tooth Brushing Techniques | Martin Dentistry
Proper toothbrushing involves four things: A soft toothbrush, the correct angle of brushing and brushing in a pattern. It's important to brush at least twice a day, after breakfast and before bed using a soft toothbrush. A soft toothbrush also makes it much easier to remove the plaque below the gumline where periodontal disease starts.
Use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste that contains fluoride, it might stop a cavity in its tracks and give you more resistance to future cavities. Angle the bristles of the brush along the gumline at a 45-degree angle, apply firm pressure, so the bristles slide under the gumline. Vibrate the brush while you move it in short back-and-forth circular motions. Brush two or three teeth at a time, then move to the next teeth. Tilt the brush and use the tip to brush the backs of the front teeth.
It's fine to brush any regular pattern you choose, but since the insides of the teeth tend to get less attention, you might start with the insides of the upper teeth, then go to the insides of the lower teeth, switch to the outside of the upper teeth and then the outsides of the lower teeth. Brush the chewing surfaces of the upper teeth, then the lower teeth and end by gently brushing your tongue and the roof of your mouth, this removes germs and keeps your breath fresh.