Dental: How should the tooth brushing method be? – 2022


Dental: How should the tooth brushing method be?

Brushing, which is indispensable for oral and dental health, should be done from the gum to the tooth, in a sweeping manner.

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How should the tooth brushing method be?

Brushing, which is indispensable for oral and dental health, should be done from the gum to the tooth, in a sweeping manner.

The toothbrush should not be held with the palm of the hand, but with our fingers like holding a pencil.

The gingival to tooth rule is valid in all mouth areas where the gingiva is present. The aim is to clean the inner and outer surfaces of the teeth without putting the tooth residues into the gingiva and without causing gingival recession.

The point to be noted is that for the upper jaw, one-way movement is made from top to bottom, while for the lower jaw, one-way movement is made from the bottom up. So always from red to white.

This rule does not apply only to the groove areas on the chewing surfaces of the lower and upper molars, and brushing is done back and forth in these areas, because there is no gum to protect here.

Brushing is completed with 3-4 strokes on each tooth. Closing the mouth a little while cleaning the teeth in the posterior region, and especially in the wisdom teeth area, will allow the cheek muscle to relax and thus the brush to contact those teeth better.

These processes take an average of 2 minutes in a habitual individual and must be repeated immediately after waking up in the morning and just before going to sleep in the evening.


It is not possible to reach every surface of the teeth with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Especially the intermediate areas where the teeth come into contact with each other cannot be completely cleaned with toothbrushes. In order to clean these areas, auxiliary cleaning materials should be used. Dental floss is the most commonly used material among them.

Special dental floss has also been produced for the underbody of bridge restorations. These products play an important role in oral care.

The interfaces of filling and porcelain veneer crown teeth should also be cleaned, especially by using dental floss. In such environments, food accumulation and tartar formation increase, which can often lead to filling and under-crown caries and gingival disorders.

Oral care with dental floss is based on the principle of cleaning the interfaces of both adjacent teeth separately, by holding them taut between the thumbs or index fingers of both hands.

In bridge bodies, the bottom of the body can be cleaned with the ropes produced in a way that can be inserted under the body. Since the gingiva may be irritated while using dental floss, the correct way of use should be explained to the patient.

What should be considered when using dental floss?

The dental floss is cut 15-20 cm and kept as short as possible with the help of index and thumbs (to be controlled) and placed one by one between all teeth. The point to remember is that we should clean the interfaces of our teeth, not between our teeth. Therefore, after the dental floss is placed between the teeth, it is adhered first to one tooth and then to the other tooth, and the interfaces of the teeth are cleaned with gentle back and forth creeping movements.

Flossing should be done once a day.

People using crown-bridge prostheses and fixed orthodontic appliances should use superfloss dental floss instead of normal dental floss.

The tip of Superfloss dental floss is hard like fishing line, so it can easily pass under orthodontic wires and bridges designed with a suitable technique.


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