Are you brushing your teeth wrong?

Looking after our pearly white can sometimes be trickier than we imagine. Brushing our teeth is a sure way to prevent cavities and has even been linked to lowering the risk of getting dementia.

Over the years we all forget the tips and tricks that help keep your teeth healthy and clean. Read our handy top tips guide to help reduce your chances of developing tooth decay.

Change your toothbrush

Make sure you regularly change your toothbrush or toothbrush heads every 3 months. Once the bristles become frayed and worn they may lose their effectiveness and may put you at risk of plaque build-up.

Use a good toothpaste 

There are many different varieties of toothpaste which are designed for different needs, including toothpastes designed to support sensitive teeth and for smokers. Fluoride toothpastes are recommended to prevent decay and have been proven to reduce tooth decay by at least 40 per cent.

Brush position  

Hold the bristle tips to a 45 degree angle and hold against the gum line, this angle will ensure you hit all the right places and give a proper clean.

Circular movements 

At the 45 degree angle move the brush in small circular movements on all the surfaces of every tooth. Move on next to the outer surfaces of each tooth, keeping the bristles angled against the gum line, doing the same for the inside surfaces of your teeth.

Cleaning your front teeth

Make sure you give those front teeth some attention. When cleaning the inside surfaces of the front teeth angle your toothbrush vertically and make small circular strokes.

Don't forget the tongue

The tongue contains bacteria. Make sure you tongue freshen your breath and clean the inside of your mouth. Brushing your tongue will help freshen your breath and clean your mouth by removing bacteria.

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About the author

Barry Tibbott

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Brunswick Court Dental Practice was established in 1986 as a private practice where Barry is the clinical director.

Involved in implants for many years, Barry has completed a Masters Degree in Implantology at Warwick University where he gained a distinction. He is currently a clinical lecturer to postgraduate MSc students at Warwick University, in addition to mentoring local dentists in this field.

Barry is a member and Implant Mentor for The Association of Dental Implantology and a fellow of The Royal Society of Medicine. He is also a Consultant Member of the British Society of Oral Implantology. You can find him on

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