How to Brush for Optimal Dental Hygiene

It’s no secret that brushing your teeth is vital to your oral health, but when it comes to the right way to brush, you may be at a loss. Your dental hygiene depends on more than the frequency with which you brush your teeth (although this is certainly important). It also depends on your toothbrush, your timing, and your brushing technique. Whether you are looking to improve your own dental hygiene, or you want to provide more accurate guidance for your child, read on for some important tooth brushing tips.

Dental Hygiene Depends on the Right Toothbrush

Before you begin to improve your brushing regimen, it is essential that you have the right tools. Like many patients, you may assume that a hard-bristled brush can more effectively remove bacteria and plaque. Actually, these tough fibers can erode your dental enamel and inflame your gum tissue, especially if you already have sensitive gums. A soft-bristled brush can remove harmful substances just as effectively, and it will not damage your teeth or gums.

Timing is Everything

Once you have selected the right brush, you can improve your brushing technique. You probably know that you should brush at least twice a day. However, you may be unaware that there is an ideal brushing schedule. For the most effective dental hygiene, you should brush about 30 minutes after eating. Following a meal or snack, rinse your mouth out with water. This will help to remove food and acid from your mouth. Then brush your teeth. If you do not wait half an hour, you will only rub harmful substances into your dental enamel, increasing your risk for decay and discoloration.

Brushing the Right Way

When it is time to brush, make sure you are using the right method. To properly clean your teeth, you should brush for two minutes, holding the brush at a 45-degree angle to your gums. Use short, gentle strokes the length of each individual tooth. Make sure to brush all areas of each tooth, including the front, back, sides, and top chewing surfaces. It is also essential to brush your tongue. This will remove oral bacteria that can contribute to tooth decay and bad breath. With proper toothbrushes and correcting brushing technique, you and your family can enjoy improved oral health throughout the coming year.


As a native Texan, Gregory Wright, DDS, opened his private practice in Southlake, TX in 1992. He and Dr. Victoria Heron are happily accepting new patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and all surrounding communities. To learn more, call our office today at (817) 481-7999.