Brushing your teeth keeps your smile bright and healthy. It gives you fresher breath and also prevents dental issues. It’s something you’ve done since you were a little kid, but that doesn’t mean that you are doing it right. Making sure you’re doing it correctly is important in your everyday life to ensure that your oral health is optimal as it can be. Here we are going to walk you through how to properly brush your teeth.

Brush At Least Twice a Day 

Brushing after every meal is ideal, but that isn’t always possible with our busy day-to-day schedules. Brushing at least twice a day will reduce the buildup of plaque. If plaque is left for long periods of time, it hardens and turns into tartar. Tartar is a great place for bacteria to thrive, affecting your overall gum health. Brushing after eating to get rid of plaque will keep your mouth clean and healthy. 

Brush for Two Minutes 

Each time you brush your teeth, it should be for at least two minutes. This may seem like a long time, especially when you have a morning or are tired after a long day, but it is necessary to have good oral hygiene.

Being lazy and not putting enough time into brushing can cause extra plaque that could lead to more serious issues. Taking just a few small minutes out of your day for your dental routine has a big reward. 

The Right Technique 

Everyone knows how to brush their teeth, but many people don’t necessarily do it correctly. Start by adding a pea-sized amount of toothpaste to your toothbrush. You should hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle so your bristles can gently clean any plaque from under your gum line. A soft-bristled toothbrush is often the safest bet to ensure no injury is done to the gums while brushing. It is also important to brush your tongue as it can harbor bacteria. Finally, don’t forget to floss. Flossing once a day is necessary for having good oral hygiene. 


If you have any questions about bleeding gums or have pain when you brush your teeth, contact Gentle Dentistry and we can help you determine what your gum needs are!