How to brush your teeth - Health, Wealth & Happiness

How to brush your teeth

Brushing your teeth is easy right? You’ve been doing it for years. But surprisingly, up to 90% of people are brushing their teeth the wrong way.

Too much paste

toothpaste Youve probably been brushing your teeth twice a day every day, so you might be suprised to know that you might have been doing it wrong the whole time. Dentist Dr. Peter Auster says most people make the mistake of using too much toothpaste.

“Many toothpastes are very abrasive. Companies like you to use a lot, but in fact, a pearl size is just as effective and will abrade teeth less.”

The Perfect Technique?

brushing Is your way the right way? Wide, side-to-side strokes can scrape your gum line, Hold your brush at a 45-degree angle to your gums, and make an up-and-down motion. Use short strokes.

Brush outer and inner tooth surfaces, back molars, and your tongue.

  • Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums.
  • Gently move the brush back and forth in short (tooth-wide) strokes.
  • Brush the outer surfaces, the inner surfaces, and the chewing surfaces of the teeth.
  • To clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and make several up-and-down strokes.
  • Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and keep your breath fresh.

Dentists say most of us always begin in the same place. Their advice is to start in a different place so that you don’t get lazy. By the time you get to the last area of your mouth, you may be bored. Stay aware of what you’re doing.

Go Electric

These days many people use electric toothbrushes. Dentists recommend them over a manual brush as the best means of keeping your teeth clean and free from plaque. Electric toothbrushes win hands down over manual brushes when it comes to cleaning ability.

Oral-B Pro 1000 Power Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush Powered by Braun - 4.4 / 5
  • Removes up to 300% more plaque along the gumline* *vs a regular manual toothbrush
  • Clinically proven superior 3D Cleaning Action oscillates, rotates and pulsates to break up and remove more plaque than a regular manual toothbrush
  • Rechargeable with 1 mode: Daily Clean
  • Senses when you brush too hard with pressure sensor
  • In-handle timer pulses every 30 seconds to let you know when to switch areas of the mouth
Philips Sonicare Essence Sonic Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush - 4.4 / 5
  • Removes up to 2x more plaque than a manual toothbrush. Includes 1 e-Series brush head 9standard)
  • Patented sonic technology: Dynamic fluid action helps clean between teeth and along the gumline
  • 2 minute timer helps ensure recommended brushing time
  • Rechargeable toothbrush with 2 weeks lifetime between charges
  • Reminder bristles fade away when brush head replacement is needed
Philips Sonicare 2 Series Plaque Control Sonic Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush - 4.3 / 5
  • A gap between the handle and the brush head is expected - the gap allows the BH room to move accordingly
  • Removes up to 6x more plaque than a manual toothbrush. Includes 1 ProResults plaque control brush head
  • Patented sonic technology: with up to 31,000 brush strokes per minute, dynamic fluid action helps clean between teeth and along the gumline
  • Smartimer encourages 2 minutes of brushing as recommended by dentists
  • Easy-start feature slowly increases power over first 14 uses making the switch to philips sonicare easy
  • Two-color battery charge indicator lets you know when to recharge; 2 weeks battery life
Oral-B Pro 5000 SmartSeries Power Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush with Bluetooth Connectivity Powered by Braun - 4.4 / 5
  • Bluetooth communication between brush and smartphone provides real-time feedback on brushing habits, helping you achieve amazing results
  • Floss Action round brush head with micropulse bristles for a superior and interdental clean vs a regular manual toothbrush.
  • 3D cleaning action oscillates, rotates, and pulsates to break up plaque and remove more plaque along the gumline than a regular manual toothbrush
  • Pressure sensor lights up on brush and smartphone if you brush too hard
  • 5 modes: Daily Clean, Gum Care, Sensitive, Whitening, and Deep Clean
Oral-B Vitality Floss Action Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush - 4.5 / 5
  • Features MicroPulse Bristles to clean deep between teeth for outstanding plaque removal
  • Unique floss action bristles loosen plaque in between teeth
  • Round brush head is inspired by dental professional tools for a tooth-by-tooth clean, with specially engineered bristles for optimal tooth coverage
  • 2 Minute Timer: Signals after two minutes to help you brush for the recommended brushing time.
  • #1 Dentist Used Toothbrush Brand, Worldwide - Oral-B (data on file)
Oral-B Pro 7000 SmartSeries Black Electronic Power Rechargeable Battery Electric Toothbrush with Bluetooth Connectivity Powered by Braun - 4.4 / 5
  • Real-time feedback with the Oral-B app focuses brushing on your most important areas, tracks habits over time, motivates with helpful oral care tips, and senses when you brush too hard
  • Cross Action round brush head with perfectly angled bristles for a precise clean
  • Clinically proven superior 3D cleaning oscillates, rotates and pulsates to break up and remove up to 100% more plaque than a regular manual toothbrush
  • Rechargeable with 6 modes: Daily Clean, Gum Care, Sensitive, Whitening, Deep Clean, and Tongue Cleaner
  • Included in pack: 1 rechargeable toothbrush handle, 1 Cross Action brush head, 1 Pro White brush head, 1 Sensitive brush head, 1 charging station with brush head storage, wireless SmartGuide
Waterpik Complete Care Water Flosser and Sonic Toothbrush - 4.5 / 5
  • More Effective Brushing and Flossing in One Convenient Device!
  • Removes plaque and debris deep between teeth and below the gumline where brushing and traditional flossing can't reach
  • High-volume reservoir with 90+ seconds of water capacity and sonic toothbrush technology with 25% faster bristle speed than other leading sonic toothbrushes
  • Space-saving design requires only one outlet
  • This unit is compatible with a 120VAC/60Hz outlet and is for use in North America only. Any warranty will be voided through the sale and use of the product outside North America. Shipment outside of North America is prohibited by Waterpik
Philips Sonicare HealthyWhite - 4.5 / 5
  • The most loved rechargeable electric toothbrush brand by Americans and their dentists
  • Removes up to 100% more stains and up to 7X more plaque than a manual toothbrush
  • Effective and unique sonic technology with dynamic fluid action to clean between teeth and along gumline
  • Clean and White Mode: proven to remove stains
  • 3 Intensity settings for maximum comfort

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Emily Labadie

Emily grew up with her two younger brothers on South Shore and graduated from the University of Alabama in 2002 with an MA (Hons) in English Literature. Always an avid reader, she moved naturally into a career of online publishing.