The Right Way to Brush Your Teeth (and 7 FAQs)

The Right Way to Brush Your Teeth (and 7 FAQs)

Aug 16, 2019

Brushing is a vital part of the dental healthcare routine. Proper brushing techniques are not only required for a healthy mouth and smile but could also help prevent many dental problems. Here are a few tips from the professionals at Harmony Dental for proper brushing:

  • Brush for a minimum of two minutes
  • Brush in small circular motions instead of back and forth
  • Brush gently so that you do not harm your gums


1. How often should you brush your teeth?

You should brush your teeth at least twice, daily if brushing after every meal isn’t possible.

2. Is it possible to over brush?

Brushing your teeth more than three times a day, for longer than two minutes, could damage the enamel and gums by wearing them down.

3. What does brushing actually do?

Brushing teeth regularly is necessary in order to remove plaque, which in turn would prevent cavities and eventual tooth loss.

4. Do I still need to brush my teeth if I eat healthy?

Yes. It is important to brush your teeth, even if you’re eating right. It is necessary to prevent plaque, cavities, bad breath, and other such problems.

5. What’s the worst that could happen if I don’t brush my teeth?

Not brushing your teeth leads to the accumulation of plaque as well as harmful bacteria, which could lead to diseases and tooth loss.

6. How frequently do I need to change out my toothbrush?

It is recommended to change your toothbrush once every 2 or 3 months or sooner if the bristles are frayed.

7. Is it bad if I don’t brush my teeth before sleeping?

Not brushing your teeth before sleeping could cause a high buildup of bacteria during the night. This, in turn, could cause several oral problems.

Schedule an appointment at Harmony Dental to learn more and get better oral healthcare

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