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Tooth Brushing Techniques

Are you looking for tips on keeping your teeth clean? Your family’s dental care is key to their overall health — and regular brushing is one of the most important habits for maintaining your mouth. But proper oral care is about more than when you should brush your teeth — it’s about how you should brush them.

A quick brush may be sufficient to clear off surface plaque, but you need to brush specifically around the gumline to prevent gum disease. Certain brushing methods can also provide a better clean if you’ve had specific dental procedures or your teeth are positioned a certain way.

Whether you’re looking for techniques to teach your children or hoping to improve your own brushing, here are three tooth brushing techniques that really tackle those tough spots.

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1. Charter Technique

If you have spaces between your teeth, can see exposed tooth roots or have had gum recession or periodontal surgery in the past, the Charter brushing method may be the best for you. This technique is also helpful for people who have had partial dentures or children who have had orthodontic appliances. Here are the proper steps to follow for Charter brushing:

  • Hold your brush with the bristles at a 45-degree angle on the gumline. The tip should be pointing down toward the crown — or chewing surface — of the tooth.
  • Keep the brush in one area for 15 to 20 strokes, gently moving it in small back-and-forth motions or circular strokes. Move to the next area and reposition the brush.
  • Continue to repeat this brushing process around the mouth, moving your brush every 15 to 20 counts to cover all inner, outer and chewing surfaces of the teeth.

2. Bass or Sulcular Technique

Also known as the Sulcular technique, the Bass method of tooth brushing targets the tartar collecting under your gums. Follow these steps to keep plaque from accumulating at your gumline:

  • Position the toothbrush directly parallel to your gumline with the bristles facing the gums, then tilt your brush to an angle of about 45 degrees.
  • Keeping the bristles below the gum tissue, firmly but gently vibrate the brush in a circular or back-and-forth motion for a count of 15 to 20. You should cover two to three teeth at a time before moving to the next area.
  • Continue to brush this way around the mouth, covering the outer teeth, inner teeth, front teeth, molars and tongue. Hold the brush vertically to reach the gumline for your front teeth.

3. Stillman Technique

Similar to the Bass technique, the Stillman method is intended to target debris between the teeth as well as the gumline. Follow the same steps as the Bass technique, but follow each gum area brushing with back-and-forth strokes on the chewing surfaces of the teeth, as well.

Supplement Your Tooth Brushing Techniques With a Teeth Cleaning

In addition to brushing regularly and carefully on your own, you should keep up with your oral health by seeing a dental professional at least twice a year. Contact Dental Choice today to schedule an appointment or learn more about tooth brushing techniques.

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