New Hampshire Dental Society

NH Assocoation of Women Dentists


Dr.Debra Dunn 

Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry

(603) 472-8381

Brushing is the most effective method for removing harmful plaque from your teeth and gums.

Most dentists agree that brushing three times a day is recommended. Use a fluoride toothpaste in the morning and before bed at night at the minimum. If you are unable to brush using toothpaste during the middle of the day then a simple brushing with plain water or rinsing your mouth with water for 30 seconds after lunch is recommended.

Brushing techniques Since everyone''s teeth are different, see me if you have questions about your brushing technique. Here are some popular techniques that work:

  • Use a circular motion to brush only two or three teeth at a time, gradually covering the entire mouth.
  • Place your toothbrush next to your teeth at a 45-degree angle and gently brush in a small, circular motion, not up and down or back and forth. This kind of motion wears down your tooth structure and can lead to receding gums, or expose the root of your tooth. You should brush all surfaces of your teeth - front, back, top, and between other teeth, rocking the brush back and forth gently to remove any plaque under the gum.
  • Don''t forget the other surfaces of your mouth that are covered in bacteria - including the gums, the roof and floor of your mouth, and most importantly, your tongue. Brushing your tongue not only removes trapped bacteria and other disease-causing germs, but it also freshens your breath.
  • Remember to replace your brush when the bristles begin to spread because a worn toothbrush will not properly clean your teeth. Generally, replace your toothbrush about every three months.
  • Effective brushing usually takes about three minutes.