Brushing Advice

Brushing with a fluoridated toothpaste is the best way to care for your teeth and gums.

Lady admiring her recently brushed and clean teeth - Brentwood Dental

Manual and Electric toothbrushing

The mechanical action of brushing removes soft bacterial plaque from your teeth while fluoride helps to strengthen the outer layer of enamel against bacteria that causes cavities.

It is recommended to use a soft bristled toothbrush with gentle pressure and brushes should be replaced about every 3 months or when you notice the bristles are splayed.

Both manual and electric toothbrushes are effective at cleaning your teeth however studies have shown electric toothbrushing to be more efficient. Each requires specific techniques in order to be effective. Both require a pea sized amount of toothpaste and it’s important to brush each tooth on both the tongue and the cheek sides. Use a system to ensure that each tooth is brushed, ideally start at the very back and work your way along the arch before switching to the other side. Once finished both sides of that arch switch to the other arch.

Manual toothbrushing:

Electric toothbrushing: