Brushing your teeth is something everybody can do, but unless you learned from
parents who were professional dentists, you may not be doing it in the most
effective way! Try these tips to make a difference.
- Divide the mouth into four quadrants starting with the top left as quadrant
one, the top right as two, the bottom right as three, and the bottom left as
- Start brushing from the last tooth in the back of quadrant one, if you’re
right handed. (Reverse sides if you’re left handed, so you’re starting from the
back of two.)
- Don’t brush from side to side. Instead, use a circular motion on each tooth
that includes the gums so you remove any particles trapped between the gum and
the tooth. Be sure to get the front, back, and top surfaces of each tooth.
- Move the brush forward, repeating the movement on each tooth.
- Continue from front to back on quadrant two, from back to front on quadrant
three, and from front to back in quadrant four. Spend at least 30 seconds on
- Brush the tongue and the inside of the cheeks. The bacteria that builds up
in these locations can cause bad breath.
- Rinse your mouth and toothbrush.
- Repeat this pattern with every brushing until it becomes a habit.
- Brush at least twice a day, preferably first thing in the morning, to
eliminate any plaque buildup while you sleep, and before you retire to remove
debris built up from meals. If possible, brush after every meal.
If you want more dental tips, or want to have your teeth checked, please
contact us, your Gettysburg dentist.