We all should brush effectively twice daily using a soft brush. Most people are only concerned about the brand of toothpaste and toothbrush without caring how they are brushing. The brushing technique is equally important as the toothpaste and toothbrush.
Modified Bass Technique is the most accepted technique. Place your brush at a 45-degree angle to the gumline. Brush as a group of 2 or 3 teeth at a time starting from the last teeth. Brush with a mild vibratory or circular motion(20 strokes) on teeth surface followed by a swiping motion.
Swiping is done from the gum side towards the chewing surface ie, upper teeth should be swiped from up to down while lower teeth from down to up. Repeat these movements on all outer surfaces and inner(facing tongue) surfaces as small sections of 2 or 3 teeth. Then clean the chewing surface of the teeth by a mild back and forth motion.
If the backside of the front teeth is difficult by this method, you can hold the brush vertically and brush using small up and down strokes.
Most people brush the outer surface of the teeth ignoring the inner surface which is facing the tongue. This is one of the main reasons why plaque accumulation is more on the inner surface. We should always make sure that all surfaces of the teeth are cleaned effectively so that no debris is left behind, thus helping in maintaining healthy gums and teeth.
DR. SABNA K. P – BDS
Dental General Practitioner
Jabal Sina Medical Centre L.L.C
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Jabal Sina Medical Centre L.L.C is a flagship medical centre in Ajman from the founders of Ibinsina Medical Centre, an institution that has provided ambulatory healthcare for over 20 years. Having started in 1998, our founders brought substantial investment to create the first custom-built private hospital in the area and we pride ourselves on maintaining a philosophy of shared management with patients throughout the process. Operating mainly in primary care, this approach places the patient at the centre of the care cycle, with doctors, nurses and specialists working together to provide a service that addresses each patient's core individual needs. Our fully qualified team of professionals are committed to supporting you in your journey from sickness to health in a compassionate, caring and confident manner, taking care of all of your concerns and providing necessary referrals.