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Dry Toothbrush?

February 6, 2017
Posted By: Jamie Stensland, RDH
Lady holding a large toothbrush next to over-sized teeth.

If you are going to do it, you might as well do it right.  The right toothbrushing technique is important.  You should hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle, pointed towards the gum tissue.  Use a “back and forth” motion of short strokes.  If you are using a powerbrush, point the brush at a 45-degree angle and let it do the work for you.

I have two tips for brushing: First, for back teeth, close down slightly.  I know it sounds “backwards” but it will actually loosen your cheek muscles making it easier to “sneak” back there. Second, hold your brush “up and down” instead of “horizontally” to brush those lower front teeth.  The lower front teeth are the plaque and tartar trappers.


The majority of dental professionals would agree that a powerbrush is your best bet.  First of all, studies have shown that powerbrushes outperform manual brushes in plaque removal.  Secondly, there is a reduction in gingival injury.  In fact, some powerbrushes will shut off if you are brushing too hard.  In addition, many options now have a two-minute timer to ensure the proper amount of time is spent shining those pearly whites. 


There are many different types of powerbrushes to choose from.  You do not need the most expensive, but you will get what you pay for.  I love my powerbrush and would never, EVER go back to a manual brush.

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