Because every mouth is different, there is more than one technique of brushing that has proven to be effective. Deciding which technique is most appropriate for you depends largely on your teeth position and gum condition etc. Faulty tooth brushing can harm your teeth by wearing off the protective enamel layer, causing hypersensitivity and bleeding from the gums. Consult your dentist to determine which technique is most appropriate for your mouth.
Generally, most dentists recommend the Modified Bass method for adults. This method cleans most effectively in areas where gum infections start first and is easy to master.
- Step 1: Take a pea-sized amount of toothpaste onto a soft brush.
- Step 2: Tap the brush to allow the paste to sink in deeper.
- Step 3: Place it into the mouth, starting from the last 3 teeth in the arch. The bristles of the brush should be at 45 degrees angulation facing the gumline, placed partly on the gums and partly on the teeth.
- Step 4: With slight pressure being applied, give 18-20 vibratory strokes. This dislodges and loosens all debris from the tooth surface.
- Step 5: Now give a sweep towards the chewing surface. Then shift to next three teeth overlapping one tooth of the previous three teeth covered. Change the toothbrush at least once every three months, or when the bristles appear frayed.