Dear Dr. Elli
I love your sites and blog. Thank you so much for putting such good, realistic advice online. I have a question for you and it seems like it should be simple, but I don’t really know the answer: What is the best way to brush your teeth?
Thanks, I look forward to hearing back from you.
Thanks for writing in. The general rule is to spend 2 minutes brushing twice a day. You should hold your brush at an approximate 45-degree angle against your gumline. Brush gently from where the tooth and gum meet to end of the tooth in small light strokes. If you brush too hard you could potentially cause receeding gums or tooth sensitivity.
Do the same thing on the outside and inside of your teeth. Then to clean the ends of your teeth, (the chewing serfaces) use short strokes, getting into the pits and corners.
Don’t forget to brush your tongue, the roof of your mouth and the insides of your cheeks too!
When you are done brushing, rinse thoroughly with Listerine, and then with ACT. First to clean the mouth and then to protect thr teeth with the fluoride.
Dip your brush in Listerine to clean it before your next brushing to kill any bacteria that may have gotten on it from being in the bathroom (yuck!) You don’t want to put that back into your mouth.
I hope this helps Happy Brushing!
Ellie Phillips, DDS