Jun 27, 2018 - minute readminutes read

How To Brush Your Teeth for Better Health

Brushing your teeth the proper way is important for your oral and overall health. 


We all know that brushing your teeth makes them look whiter and feel cleaner, but brushing them correctly helps prevent toothaches, bleeding gums and other oral health issues which can also potentially affect your general health.

Brushing for just two minutes, twice a day, removes plaque from your teeth. If left to build up, plaque can cause bad breath, yellow teeth and ultimately lead to cavities and gingivitis or periodontitis which compromise the health of your gums and teeth. The best way to remove plaque is to combine effective toothbrushing with interdental cleaning and rinsing.

Want to perfect your toothbrushing technique and care for your oral and general health? Watch our video below and follow our tips for a healthy mouth, smile and body! While the basics of oral care can benefit everyone, you should visit your oral health practitioner twice a year for personalised care and a professional clean.

Watch our video to discover some tips to become an excellent brusher!

Always tilt your brush at a 45° angle and gently slide the bristles under the gum tissue.

Gently wiggle the brush back and forth and end with a sweeping downward or upward stroke. Repeat for all outer and inner surfaces.

Clean the inner surfaces of your front teeth using up-and-down strokes. Always gently slide the bristles under the gum line.

Brush your biting surfaces with a back-and-forth motion. Finish by brushing your tongue.

A FEW THINGS you may be wondering about: 

How to Brush

We’re all different. Are you having trouble brushing your back teeth? Do you have sensitive teeth or bleeding gums? Perhaps you just got braces, are wearing dentures or implants, or even have a baby at home? If you’re looking for a solution that takes into account your specific needs head to our page on how to choose the right toothbrush for you.

Plaque is made up of bacteria that live in your mouth. Feeding on the sugars in the food you eat, they multiply and produce waste. The bacteria and their waste, leftover food and saliva combine to form plaque - a soft, pale yellow and sticky biofilm on the surface of the teeth. During this process, the bacteria produce acids which can damage your teeth and cause cavities. They also release toxins which can challenge your gums and potentially affect your general health. Want to find out more about plaque and its consequences? Read our blog.

How to Brush

Plaque forms on the surface of the teeth and tends to accumulate between the teeth, above and below the gum line, where access with a toothbrush is more difficult. Every time you brush, think about covering the area along the gum line. To remove plaque between your teeth, you will need some extra help, from an interdental brush, pick or floss.

This suggests you might be brushing too hard or that your gums are unusually tender due to inflammation. Everyone should brush their teeth gently. Contrary to popular belief, brushing vigorously or using a brush with stiff bristles won’t do a better job. In fact, it can damage your enamel and gum tissue which can lead to bleeding, gum recession and tooth sensitivity. If you’re wondering which brush is best for you, check out our tips on how to choose your toothbrush. If the bleeding doesn’t subside with a softer brush and more gentle brushing you should see your oral health practitioner.

A simple and complete routine is the pillar of great oral health. It consists of three easy steps: brushing, interdental cleaning and rinsing! Making this routine a habit morning and evening will help keep your mouth healthy and prevent many oral health challenges. To get all the details on the best routine to adopt check out our video.