Brushing Tips by Medicine Hat Alberta dentist

Tips on How to Brush Your Teeth by Your Dentist

From Grover Dental Centre’s opening in September 2000, our incredible team has been providing the families with gentle, friendly, and high quality dental care in Medicine Hat and its surrounding areas. In a modern dental practice this includes elements of prevention and education to ensure our patients receive the best oral care possible.

One of the key components of modern oral health care is brushing daily and properly, with either a manual or electric toothbrush. To ensure you are doing either properly, here’s a few tips to help guide you to success.


According to the Canadian Dental Association (CDA), brushing removes the bacteria that promote tooth decay and the plaque that can cause gum disease. You should brush ideally after each meal, at minimum once a day, and always before you go to bed.


To brush your teeth manually:

  • Brush at a 45 degree angle to your teeth where your gums and teeth meet. Use a gentle, circular, massaging motion, up and down. Don’t scrub. Gums that recede visibly are often a result of years of brushing too hard. 
  • Clean every surface of every tooth including the chewing surface, cheek, and tongue side. 
  • Don’t rush - a thorough brushing should take at least two minutes. 
  • Change your usual brushing pattern so you don’t miss the same spots all the time. 
  • Use a soft brush with rounded bristles with a size and shape that allow you to reach all the way to your back teeth. CDA recommends you replace your toothbrush every three months.

To clean your teeth properly with an electric toothbrush:

  • Do not turn on the brush until it is against the teeth. Visualize splitting your mouth into 4 sections or quadrants, focusing for 30 seconds on each. Upper right and left, lower right and left.
  • Starting with one of the upper quadrants, begin on with the outer surface, followed by the inner and chewing surfaces of the teeth. Hold the brush at a 45 degree angle to the teeth. Simply run the brush from tooth to tooth, the motion of the head produces the cleaning effect.
  • Focus on 1-2 teeth at a time and ensure you reach your back teeth. Make sure the brush covers the whole tooth and includes the lower gum line.
  • Brush your tongue and cheeks to remove food particles and help remove food particles and odor-causing bacteria to freshen your breath.
  • Some electric toothbrushes and specialist heads require a different approach. Consult your electric toothbrush manual or your dentist for further instruction.

Some final dental advice:

  • Brushing with the right technique ensures you remove plaque effectively. The average person only brushes 45 to 70 seconds a day. The recommended amount of time is at least 2 minutes or 120 seconds, twice a day. 
  • Using a fluoride based toothpaste to helps ensure the teeth remain healthy and the enamel strong. 
  • Spit out excess toothpaste but avoid rinsing as this keeps your mouth feeling cleaner and fresher for longer.

If you have questions about the right brushing techniques and equipment, contact Grover Dental Centre at 403-526-7555 today to schedule an appointment in our Medicine Hat dental office.

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