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If you're going to invest time every day in brushing your teeth, it makes sense that you’ll want to do it correctly. Find out how right here!

The conversations that go on each day at MyDental between patient and dentist are highly instructive in terms of teaching us where our patients may be struggling in terms of their dental hygiene regime.

A patient in the surgery recently asked for advice on how to brush correctly, and it set us thinking as to how many people are there out there who don't have a decent brushing technique.

First of all, let’s look at why we brush in the first place. We do so to remove the harmful bacteria that lurk in plaque, and also to massage fluoride around your teeth. If you do this correctly, you can avoid cavities, gum disease and bad breath.

So where should you invest most of your time when you're brushing? Well, the main area to concentrate on is where the gum and the tooth meet. This is the perfect place for plaque and bacteria to form, so you need to be extra careful to ensure that this part of your mouth is thoroughly brushed.


Basically, there are two techniques that you can use when brushing your teeth. Both have been around for decades, and they're very much tried and tested.


The first technique is to adopt a circular motion, while the second is more of a vibration or a flick movement.


The circular method involves going round and round your teeth in gentle circles, and paying particular attention to brush into that space where tooth and gum meet.


The second method involves a horizontal backwards and forwards motion, with a gentle flicking motion to dislodge food and plaque from the gums.


There are a few things to note when you’re brushing your teeth, Most important of these are to angle the brush at 45 degrees towards the gum.


Also, don't be tempted to make up for not brushing in a while by going at it extra hard. A gentle brushing motion is much more effective – and much gentler on your gums.


If you’re using an electric brush, regardless of whether it's an oscillating or a vibrating brush, the important thing to consider is that you need to put the brush into the correct area – and then let it do the work for you – don't move it up and down in a brushing motion as you would with a manual brush.


Using a mirror when brushing is a good habit, as it lets you see if you're brushing all the areas of your mouth. It means that you don’t go into auto-pilot mode, which I one of the big dangers to avoid when brushing your teeth.


You should always spend a couple of seconds at least on every surface – front, back and top, plus the sides of your teeth if there are some gaps between teeth due to missing teeth,


Without doubt, proper brushing is one of the most important things you’ll ever do to maintain that perfect smile. Ireland has had its fair share of problems with poor dental health over previous decades, but today, we have easy access to great dental care, and there’s no reason why our teeth shouldn’t be in tip-top condition, as nature intended.


It's interesting to note that, on the global front, the International Dental Federation takes a very upbeat view as to the future of oral health (you can check it our right here (http://www.fdiworldental.org/oral-health/vision-2020/shaping-the-future-of-oral-health.aspx)

There’s no reason that Ireland shouldn’t look forward to an equally bright future when it comes to oral health.


Our vision at MyDental is that eventually our job will be reduced to general maintenance of our patients’ teeth, such as cleaning, or perhaps provision of clear braces for a child who may have crooked teeth through no fault of their own.


Clear braces cost less than ever these days, so isn’t it great to be able to look forward to a day where Ireland can smile at the world just like any other nation, confident in our beautiful, well-maintained smiles, and where diseases like cavities and gum disease have become a thing of the past?

Say cheese, everyone!