How to Brush Properly

two toothbrushes close upBrushing your teeth twice a day is essential for good oral health. You should change your toothbrush frequently, and consider a motorized toothbrush if you have problems using a manual toothbrush. The toothbrush should be changed when you begin to see flaring of the brush bristles or you begin noticing your teeth do not feel smooth and clean after brushing.

No matter what type of brush you’re using follow these basic steps:

  • Brush the outside surfaces of your teeth and hold the brush at a 45-degree angle toward your gums.
  • Use the same angle to clean the inside of the back teeth.
  • Brush the inside of the upper and lower front teeth and hold the toothbrush vertically.
  • Use short gentle strokes to clean the biting surfaces of your teeth.
  • Rinse to remove any plaque or food that may have loosened while brushing.

Steps displaying how to brush your teeth

If you experience any gum pain or tooth pain while brushing, call Kilby Family Dentistry at (229) 247-0200.