National Oral Health Month _ 5 Steps to Brush the Right Way

Dr Corne Smith says, brushing is not complicated, but there is a right and a wrong way. So, in week three, she will show you exactly what the right way is.


Regular, thorough brushing is a very important step in preventing tooth decay and gum disease. Brushing removes the bacteria that promote tooth decay and the plaque that can cause gum disease. Ideally, you should brush after every meal, because the bacterial attack on teeth begins minutes after eating. At the very least, brush once a day and always before you go to bed. How to brush your teeth


Brush at a 45-degree angle to your teeth. Direct the bristles to where your gums and teeth meet. Use a gentle, circular, massaging motion, up and down. Do not scrub. Gums that recede visibly are often a result of years of brushing too hard.


Clean every surface of every tooth. The chewing surface, the cheek side, and the tongue side.


Dont rush your brush. A thorough brushing should take at least two to three minutes. Try timing yourself.


Change your usual brushing pattern. Most people brush their teeth the same way all the time. That means they miss the same spots all the time. Try reversing your usual pattern.


Use a soft brush with rounded bristles. The right toothbrush cleans better. Choose a size and shape that allow you to reach all the way to your back teeth. There are many different types of brushes, so ask your dentist to suggest the best one for you. We recommend you replace your toothbrush every three months.

Remember that brushing and flossing your teeth is not the only way to keep your mouth healthy. Regular dental check-ups must also form part of your dental routine, so why not bring your whole family to Corne Smith Dental practice in Newlands, Cape Town for all your dental needs.