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Bad Brushing: Better Toothbrushing Techniques from your Kelowna Dental Clinic


Are you worried about whether or not your kids are brushing long enough, or the right way? Well, you may want to take a second look at how well you’re brushing your own teeth. Our Kelowna dental clinic explores a phenomenon that’s just as common among adults as it is among children: bad brushing.

Scrub side to side on the top, side to side on the bottom, spit. For many people, that’s the everyday toothbrushing routine, and it lasts less than 30 seconds. But as our Kelowna dentists will tell you, that’s just not long enough or good enough.

According to the Canadian Dental Association, you should be spending two to three minutes brushing your teeth to truly clean them. But brushing for the right length of time is just the start. By improving your brushing technique, you can avoid tooth decay, cavities and gum disease.


How to Properly Brush Your Teeth:

Step 1: Hold your brush at a 45 degree angle

Point the bristles of your brush to the space where your teeth meet your gums. Instead of a scrubbing motion, brush gently in a circular, up and down motion. Gentle brushing is kinder to your gums and keeps them from receding.

Step 2: Clean all three sides of every tooth

A lot of people are really good at brushing the outside of their teeth—the surface that touches their cheeks. It’s important to go not just one but two steps further to brush all three surfaces, the cheek side, the chewing surface and the side near your tongue.

Step 3: Brush for at least two minutes

If you’re like most people, you probably usually spend more like thirty seconds. Try timing yourself to make sure you’re getting closer to the two to three-minute mark. “Smart” toothbrushes like the one by Kolibree can keep time on how long you’re brushing.

Step 4: Use a soft, round-bristled brush

Our Kelowna dentists are happy to recommend the right toothbrush size and shape to help you get the most out of your brushing. The best toothbrush for your teeth is one that lets you reach to the back teeth, get rid of plaque and be gentle on your gums. For best results, replace your toothbrush every three months.


Why is it so important to brush your teeth the right way?

Brushing your teeth thoroughly and for long enough gives you a better shot at keeping tooth decay, cavities and gum disease at bay. When you brush well, you give your toothbrush a chance to get rid of all that bacteria that leads to plaque build-up and gum disease.

It’s just as important to brush well before bed for adults as it is for kids. If you can, brush throughout the day after meals.

Whether you’re visiting us for cosmetic or general dentistry, we provide a comfortable experience with results that will last. Contact us to book an appointment today!

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