Brushing our teeth is an everyday activity for all of us. Yet many adults do not know the correct method to properly brush their teeth, leading to oral concerns in the long run. These can include plaque, calculus, bleeding gums, halitosis (bad breath), gum diseases, caries, and tooth discolouration.
Most of these dental problems do not evoke any symptoms or pain until they have progressed to a relatively advanced stage. There have been various tooth brushing techniques suggested historically by dentists but the most accepted brushing technique is ‘The Bass Method’.
Use short, back and forth motions with out exerting too much pressure. Concentrate on the part of tooth which is nearer to the gums as improper cleaning of this part is most often responsible for gum diseases.
First clean the frontal surface of teeth, then the chewing surface, and lastly the inner surfaces. If you find the head of brush too large to maintain the 45-degree angle while cleaning the inner surface of teeth, use the brush vertically.