How to clean your teeth

It should take at least two minutes to brush our teeth. Most adults don’t brush that long. To keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy use short, gentle strokes, paying extra attention to the gumline,  hard-to-reach back teeth, and areas around fillings, crowns or other restoration. Concentrate on  cleaning each section as follows:


  • Place the toothbrush bristles along the gumline at 45 degrees angle
  • Brush the outer surfaces of your upper teeth, then your lower teeth
  • Brush the inner surfaces of your upper teeth, then your lower teeth
  • Brush the chewing surfaces
  • For fresher breath brush your tongue too



brushing technique


Manual or electric toothbrush

Manual Toothbrush


  • No charging and no batteries
  • Easy to travel with
  • Not expensive and many colours and sizes to choose from: small head for smaller mouth, soft bristles for sensitive gums, special prints on toothbrushes for children
  • If used with proper brushing technique your teeth will feel clean and healthy


  • More work for you .
  • No set timing. Manual toothbrushes require you to guess how long you’ve been brushing (unless you set a two-minute timer).

Electric Toothbrush


  • Easy to use. Just place the toothbrush on your teeth and let it do it’s job
  • Less work for better resultsStudies have shown that electric toothbrushes do a better job of cleaning your teeth and removing plaque keeping your gums healthy
  • More fun and easier to use for children, and the timer will let them know they’re all done! It’s a lot easier (and more fun).
  • Built in timer.


  • Charging batteries.
  • Cost. Electric toothbrushes cost significantly more than a manual toothbrush.
  • More difficult  to travel with than manual brush

Most dental professionals agree that a soft to medium bristled brush is best for removing debris and plaque from your teeth. Small-headed brushes are also preferable. They can reach much better all areas of the mouth, including hard-to-reach back teeth.

For many a electric toothbrush is a good alternative. It can do a better job of cleaning teeth, particularly for those who have difficulty brushing or who have restricted manual mobility.

 Is it important to use Toothpaste?

It is very important that you use a toothpaste that’s right for you. Today there is a big variety of different toothpaste designed for many conditions which are  including cavities, gingivitis, stained teeth and sensitivity.

To find out what toothpaste is best for you ask your dental professional.

How often should I change my Toothbrush?

You should replace your toothbrush every three months or when it begins to show wear. It is also important to change toothbrushes after you’ve had a cold.The bristles can collect germs that can lead to reinfection.

If you are unsure how to best take care of your teeth why not book appointment with our hygienist. Call 01483573907