How to brush your teeth

Yes, there is a ‘right’ way to brush your pearly whites – and this is a step-by-step guide to doing it! Don’t be ashamed if you haven’t been doing it properly for years; most of us get taught how to brush our teeth at the age of six and no one has ever taken the trouble to give us a refresher course.


First things first, purchase a toothbrush that has bristles that suit you. Some people prefer long, hard bristles while others like soft, shorter ones. By now you should know what feels more comfortable on your teeth and gums.


The market is oversaturated with different brands and types of toothpaste. Choose one that you like while remembering the benefits of the particular paste you buy. Try to get a toothpaste that controls bad breath, kills germs and has a whitening agent for your teeth. Use a pea-sized amount on the bristles of your tooth brush. It is advised that you first rinse your toothbrush before use.


It is best to brush your teeth by holding your toothbrush at a 90˚ angle says Dental Health Services Victoria. Aim the toothbrush at a 45˚ angle to the gum line, while putting light pressure on the brush as you make tiny circles on your teeth. The aim is to let the tips of the bristles do the work, so the lighter the pressure on the teeth, the more plaque you will remove.

Rinse and repeat

Spit out the toothpaste periodically. It will most likely foam up and spill out of your mouth. If you need to reload your brush, do so.

Once you have brushed for two consecutive minutes, you do not need to rinse, as the small amount of fluoridated toothpaste left in your mouth after spitting continues to protect against tooth decay, DHSV continues.

For best results, repeat before bedtime.

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