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Maintaining good oral hygiene is always beneficial. Flossing, mouthwash, and avoiding foods that are particularly bad for your mouth are good steps to take. However, one of the most important aspects of oral hygiene is one’s brushing technique. Most people are unaware of different techniques that can be used while brushing. Using a specific technique can be more effective in cleaning your teeth, removing plaque and tartar, and getting at the food stuck between your teeth. We’ll go over the most common and effective techniques that are used in teeth brushing: 


The Best Techniques 

The Bass Technique 

One of the more popular brushing techniques is the Bass (or Sulcular) method. It is most useful in preventing the spread of gum disease. It requires brushing around and under the gums where bacteria can build up. According to a study on the Bass technique, it was found to be the most effective method.

  • Start by holding the toothbrush parallel to your teeth
  • Keep the brush at a 45-degree angle
  • Angle your toothbrush so that the bristles are lined up under the gum line. 
  • Be gentle when adding pressure
  • Brush back and forth or in circular motions 15-20 times before moving to the next area
  • Make sure you brush the front surface and then the back using the same motions
  • Hold the toothbrush vertically behind your teeth to brush up and down. 
  • Brush the chewing surfaces of your molars, as well as your tongue. 


The Stillman Technique 

Much like the Bass technique, the Stillman prevents the spread of gum disease and is useful for patients with gingivitis. 

  • Angle the bristles at a 45-degree angle, facing the gum line
  • Use light pressure and slow vibratory motions so that the bristles go under the gum line
  • Use back and forth motions on your teeth
  • Half of the bristles should be covering the gums, while the other half should be on the surface of the teeth.


The Charter Technique 

This technique is best for people with spaces between their teeth, exposed root surfaces, gum recession, or periodontal surgery. It can also work well with orthodontic appliances and partial dentures.

  • Place the bristles at a 45-degree angle on the gum line
  • Point toward the chewing surface or the crown of the tooth
  • Gently vibrate with the brush 15-20 times
  • Use short and circular motions, or back and forth, then move onto the next area
  • Do this on the inner and outer teeth, as well as any chewing surfaces


Technique Modifications 

There are modified versions of the Bass, Stillman, and Charter techniques that you can use. Choose whichever method you like, but roll or sweep the bristles toward the chewing surface after brushing the area. It will sweep out anything that is stuck, as well as clean the entire surface of your teeth. Using a sweeping motion can be beneficial in avoiding any damage to the space between your teeth and gums. 

Brushing every day is an essential aspect of keeping your teeth healthy. Don’t neglect your oral hygiene, as the health of your mouth is pivotal in everyday life. Make an appointment with the trusted dentists in Winnipeg to ensure any of your dental requirements are well taken care of.

Article written by East Kildonan Dental

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