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Keys To A Healthy Mouth Part 2 – How To Brush Your Teeth Properly

how to brush your teeth
Published By Dr. Rachel Hall at 25 May, 2014

How To Brush Your Teeth Properly

If you want a healthy mouth then you must know how to brush your teeth correctly.

To learn how to brush your teeth like a superstar we need to get the basics of cleaning your teeth right first before adding some extras that will make you an expert.

The concept of tooth brushing is based on effectively removing the sticky build-up of plaque bacteria from around your teeth and gums. Whilst there is not one brushing technique that is better than another there are some simple rules and guidelines that will always apply when cleaning your teeth. These rules make up what I like to call tooth brushing 101.


Tooth brushing – 101 How To Brush Like A Pro

  • Take your time to be methodical
  • Clean every surface of every tooth
  • Focus on one area of your mouth at a time
  • Clean each tooth several times before moving on to the next
  • Spend 2-3 minutes in total when you brush
  • Set a timer – you’ll be surprised
  • Stay focused, concentrate on the task of brushing
  • Look in the mirror while you brush so you can watch what you are doing
  • Do not brush your teeth in the shower, you will never get them cleaned properly and it wastes so much water
  • If you need to wear glasses to see wear them while you brush your teeth
  • Use a soft brush
  • Use a brush that fits your mouth
  • If you have small teeth use a small brush
  • If you have big teeth use a bigger brush
  • Discard your toothbrush every 3 months
  • Brush gently especially along the gum line
  • Do not scrub
  • Use small circular movements when you brush
  • Add in some gentle up and down
  • Clean one tooth at a time if you can
  • Avoid long sweeps side to side or rocking the brush over the teeth
  • Use disclosing tablets from time to time so you can see where the plaque build up is and what you’ve missed

(Disclosing tablets can be obtained at the pharmacy or via your dentist).

For many just applying these basic techniques will greatly improve their brushing, gum health and oral health and at the same time reduce the factors that cause bad breath and the risk of tooth decay. Give it a try and see for yourself.


  • Dr. Rachel Hall

    Dr. Rachel Hall

    Rachel is the founder and principal dentist at Evolve Dental Healing with over 25 years experience, practicing holistically since 2001. Not your typical dentist, Rachel is a passionate opinion leader, challenging convention to empower people to make better dental and health choices, helping thousands to have healthy natural smiles. A respected writer and presenter on holistic dentistry, health and wellness it is Rachel’s mission to revolutionise the way people look at their dental health.

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