Healthy Brushing- Your Key to a Healthy Smile
Brushing your teeth is crucial to maintain good dental health1. Brushing removes the bacteria that promote tooth decay and some plaque that can cause gum disease2. You brush your teeth on a daily basis. But do you think you know the proper technique to do it? Here’s a simple brushing technique to keep your pearly whites healthy:
Modified Bass Brushing Technique
The Modified Bass Brushing Technique is the most widely accepted and most effective method3 of brushing for adults. Following steps4 will help you practice the modified bass technique with much ease:
1. Place the brush at 45°
angle to the front
tooth surface. Bristles
must contact both
lines of tooth and
2. Move the brush in a small jiggling, circular motion.
3. Clean the inside surface of
the back teeth by moving
the brush in a small back
and forth motion.
4. Clean the inside surface of
the front upper teeth by
tilting the brush
vertically using small
up and down strokes.
5. Clean the inside surface of
the front lower teeth by
tilting the brush vertically
using small up and down
6. Move the brush in a back
and forth motion to
clean the biting
Choosing the Right Toothbrush
With all of the different toothbrushes available in the market, you may wonder which one would best suit your teeth. Many of us opt for hard-bristled toothbrushes thinking that the harder we scrub, the better we are cleaning our teeth, right? Actually, it’s nothing more than a misconception! The truth is, hard-bristled toothbrushes can damage the gums, root surface, and protective tooth enamel. Hence, for most people, a soft-bristled toothbrush will be the most comfortable and safest choice5. Also, most dentists agree with the American Dental Association recommendation that people should brush their teeth for two minutes twice a day with a toothbrush that has soft bristles6.
The Sensodyne® Expert and Sensodyne® Sensitive toothbrushes have been specifically designed for your dental needs. The Sensodyne® Expert toothbrush has been scientifically crafted with cross active bristles to provide effective cleaning of teeth, up to 20X slimmer bristle tips to clean hard-to-reach areas, a tongue cleaner, and a broad ergonomic handle to ensure comfortable grip and better reach. Moreover, the Sensodyne® Sensitive toothbrush has bristles that are designed to be gentle on sensitive teeth and gums, with a head that is specially designed to provide effective cleaning even in the hard to clean areas.
So, if you have sensitive teeth, the best thing to do is talk to your dentist about your toothbrush options.
1) Gheena S and Ahad M. J Pharm Sci Res. 2015; 7(6): 367-372.
2) Canadian Dental Association. Flossing and Brushing. Available from http://www.cda-adc.ca/en/oral_health/cfyt/dental_care/flossing_brushing.asp. Accessed on May 21, 2017.
3) Kumar G et al. Journal of Advances in Medicine. 2013; 2(1): 65-76.
4) Phinney D and Halstead J. Dental Assisting: A Comprehensive Approach. Cengage Learning. 2017:56.
5) WebMD. Choosing a Toothbrush: The Pros and Cons of Electric and Disposable. Available from http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/choosing-a-toothbrush-the-pros-and-cons-of-electric-and-disposable#1. Accessed on July 18, 2017.
6) American Dental Association. Toothbrushes. Available from http://www.ada.org/en/member-center/oral-health-topics/toothbrushes. Accessed on July 18, 2017.
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Do hot, cold, and sugary foods sometimes cause sudden, sharp sensations? You may have tooth sensitivity. Take the Sensodyne® Online Check Up to find out about sensitive teeth and the products that can help you.