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How to Brush Your Teeth - Step by Step Instructions and Training for Cleaning your Teeth

Sep 23

How to brush your teeth properly.

little girl brushing her teeth

Plaque and bacteria buildup around your gumline and teeth can be removed by brushing. Plaque can cause tooth decay, cavities, and periodontal disease if it is not removed on a regular basis. Proper brushing can help protect your teeth from decay and disease. These steps will help you:



  • Step 1:

    Start at the outer surfaces of your teeth.

    Take your sweet time! Gently brush your upper and lower teeth. You can slow down by brushing each tooth one at a time so you don't miss any spots.


  • Step 2:

    Turn your toothbrush at 45 degrees.

    To remove any food or plaque stuck to the gumline, brush gently. Use short, wide strokes to gently move the toothbrush back and forth.


  • Step 3:

    Clean the inner surfaces of your teeth.

    Although the inner surfaces of your teeth may not be as obvious, it is tempting to skip them. However, these inner surfaces are equally susceptible to plaque. To clean the inner surfaces of your teeth, use a 45deg angle.


  • Step 4 -

    Clean your chewing surfaces.

    Be sure to use short back and forth strokes when brushing your back teeth. Food can easily get stuck there.


  • Step 5:

    Clean your tongue.

    Brush your tongue to get fresher breath.


Tips for Better Toothbrushing

A good start to maintaining proper oral hygiene is using the correct technique when brushing your teeth. You should also ensure you have the correct tools to avoid common mistakes. These are some common questions about teeth brushing:

  • How often and for how long should I brush my teeth?

    For two minutes each, brush your teeth twice daily. To ensure that your teeth are being given enough attention, set a timer or stopwatch.
  • What type of toothbrush should I use?

    The Too vigorous toothbrushing can cause gum recession, abrasion and sensitivity.
  • What is the best time to replace my toothbrush?

    Your toothbrush should be replaced when it starts to wear, or after three to four months. To prevent reinfection, change your toothbrush after an illness.

No one wants to have to deal with the costs and pain of tooth decay or disease. Start implementing preventative care by using the right brushing technique. Correctly brushing your teeth will keep your smile healthy and beautiful with regular visits to your dentist.

For in-person training on how to brush your teeth, you can see your local dentist in Rock Hill, SC. A dentist office we recommend in York County, SC is Piedmont Dental, Dr. Areheart located at 1562 Constitution Blvd #101, Rock Hill, SC 29732. Their staff are excellent educators when it comes to dental and oral health and will have no problem walking you through every step of how to brush your teeth properly. Piedmont Dental, Dr. Areheart's office is a family dental office that sees patients of all ages. So, if you struggle to teach your children how to brush their teeth, call and set up an appointment. Dr. Areheart will make brushing teeth a fun daily routine for all of your children! 

Piedmont Dental, Dr. Areheart
1562 Constitution Blvd #101, Rock Hill, SC 29732