What is the correct procedure of tooth brushing?
The right method of tooth brushing and brushing twice a day of tooth will ensure healthy teeth for lifetime.
- The bristles of the brush should be held at an angle of 45-degree near the gum margin thereby allowing the bristles to gently enter the gum sulcus. (The narrow space between gum and tooth below the gum margin).
- Now the brush should be moved forward and backward in a gentle motion. This removes the debris from the region below gum margin which is the common site of deposit formation.
- Gradually, the bristles should be moved down towards chewing surface pushing the debris along with cleaning those surfaces of teeth
- This method should be extended to next set of teeth and each time the brush should engage 3-4 teeth. Thus the outer surfaces of all teeth are cleaned.
- The chewing surfaces should be cleaned next. These are the most common sites of cavity or decay formation. The bristles should be held flat against the chewing areas and should be moved forwards and backwards.
- Next comes the inner aspect of teeth and again bristles should be held at 45-degree angle and cleaned.
- To clean inner aspects of front teeth brush is tilted vertically behind them. Up and down movements of bristles clean up this area.
- Lastly tongue should be cleaned with bristles flat against the surface of tongue in forward and backward motion.