Saskatoon Dental Group is a locally owned, full-scale Saskatoon dental clinic offering general dentistry services. At Saskatoon Dental Group, we are dedicated to offering excellent care to our amazing patients who are like family to us. We are grateful to treat whole families in Saskatoon across multiple generations, and have a multicultural team speaking multiple languages. In our latest dental tip we share the right way to brush your teeth.

What Is The Right Way To Brush Teeth?

Practicing good oral health habits at home such as brushing is an important step in preventing tooth decay and gum disease. Read on to learn more about teeth brushing and how to brush properly.

Why Do You Need To Brush Your Teeth?

Regular brushing is necessary to remove bad bacteria from the mouth. Bacteria that remain in the mouth cause plaque build-up that can progress into tartar build-up, leading to tooth decay and gum disease.

When Should You Brush Your Teeth?

Regular brushing should be done once a day at minimum, and always before bed. However, brushing after every meal is definitely ideal as bacteria attack teeth minutes after eating.

How To Brush Your Teeth

  • Step 1: Always brush at a 45 degree angle. Be sure to direct the bristles to where your gums and teeth meet. Next, use a circular massaging motion, up and down. Always be gentle, and do not scrub. Scrubbing vigorously causes gums to recede.
  • Step 2: Be sure to clean each surface of the teeth. These include the chewing surface, the cheek side, and the tongue side.  
  • Step 3: Take your time, and don’t rush your brush! In order to brush thoroughly, it should take at least two-three minutes. Try timing yourself at first to see how you are doing.
  • Step 4:  It is important to change your regular brushing pattern. The majority of people brush their teeth the same way all the time, which usually means they are consistently missing the same spots. Altering your brushing pattern ensures spots do not get missed. Try reversing your pattern.
  • Step 5: Always use a soft brush with rounded bristles. Using the right toothbrush makes such a difference in the cleanliness of your teeth. Be sure to also choose a size and brush shape that allows you to reach all the way to your back teeth with ease. With so many different types of toothbrushes available, you may want to ask your dentist to suggest the best one for you.

It is worth noting that the Canadian Dental Association recommends you replace your toothbrush every three months. You may want to replace your toothbrush sooner if the bristles appear frayed. A worn toothbrush will not do a good job of cleaning your teeth. 

Proper brushing is a crucial step in preventing tooth decay and gum disease. Correctly brushing your teeth will help keep your smile happy and healthy.

Remember that good oral health habits start at home and we encourage you to visit us once a year for a full checkup and examination. Oral health is closely tied to your overall health and wellness and often we can identify issues before they become problems.

We are always welcoming patients looking for a new dental family. If you would like to book a checkup or if you have any dental questions please do not hesitate to reach out to our team.

See you soon!

The Saskatoon Dental Group Team


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