Proper Brushing Technique

Very few people realize it but there are many different kinds of ways to effectively brush your teeth.  I guess we don’t make a habit of talking about how we each individually brush our teeth so there is little discourse about it.

There is the Bass method, Charter’s method, Modified Stillman method, etc. to brushing one’s teeth.  Who knew!! Typically the most popular and recommended of brushing your teeth is the Bass method. Here is a step-by-step guide to how to brush your teeth under the Bass method:


Start with placing your toothbrush bristles in a 45 degree angle around the front top of the back teeth. Move the toothbrush in small circular motions. Ensure that you brush the teeth and particularly the location in which the tooth meets the gums.

With this particular circular motion, slowly move ahead to the front teeth. Don’t rush!! Take your time and effort and clean off all food debris and plaque. If you’re obtaining the difficulties with the comb the mouth area, angle it vertically and then brush in a 45 degree angle the leading surface and gum line.

Next, move about the arch and cover the trunk teeth about the opposite side.

Repeat these steps with all the back from the teeth too (the medial side from the teeth that’s nearest to the tongue)

Next, put the toothbrush bristles about the chewing surfaces from the teeth (known inside the dental world since the occlusal surface).

Move the toothbrush back forth inside a “scrubbing motion”. Make sure you brush the chewing surfaces of most teeth, the front teeth.

Rinse your toothbrush, put on tongue, and gently run the bristles over your tongue. The tongue may also harbor bacteria and cavity causing germs and should be cleaned too.

And there you have it.  There is one method to brush your teeth.