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How to brush your teeth properly

Our guide to brushing your teeth for best results

While everyone knows you need to brush your teeth regularly, brushing your teeth with proper technique is the key to long-lasting dental health. Here are our top tooth brushing tips for a great smile:

Brush long enough 

Don’t forget to brush for at least two minutes. Many electric brushes are set to run for this amount of time, so you’ll know when you’ve brushed long enough, or you can keep an egg timer in your bathroom cabinet. When you brush for two minutes, you have enough time to thoroughly cover all sides of each tooth and conquer the gum line too. Brush for two minutes at least twice a day.

Brush at the right angle

Hold the brush at a 45-degree angle and cover each tooth with short strokes. Make sure to get the outer and inner surfaces of each tooth. Use a soft-bristled brush to gently clean your mouth without irritation.


You know that you should floss every day, but it can be hard to remember sometimes. Flossing, however, is crucial for oral health. Flossing improves gum health and helps keep food particles and bacteria from causing infections in your mouth. Make sure to thread the floss all the way down to your gums and glide back and forth a few times on each tooth.

Take extra steps for good breath 

Run your toothbrush a few times over your tongue to get rid of bacteria that causes bad breath. Rinse with mouthwash after for that extra burst of fresh breath. You can also keep a toothbrush at the office for midday brushing and fresh breath.

Get a new toothbrush 

Most dentists recommend replacing your toothbrush or toothbrush heads every 3 months. Many people don’t remember to do it that often, but it’s best to keep the brush fresh in order to prevent infection and ensure the bristles are strong enough to clean well. We recommend adding a reminder in your calendar every quarter and keeping an extra supply of brushes at home. (P.S. all Bloom Dental Group patients receive a complimentary electric smart brush on their first visit).

When you brush and floss properly, you’ll head off a number of oral diseases and other issues in just four minutes a day.

And don’t forget, when you need extra help or a professional cleaning and exam, please make an appointment at our office in San Mateo. We’re here to help!

Dental Care
Jessica Levin
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