Are You Brushing Your Teeth Correctly?


For most people, brushing their teeth is simply something they do. It’s ingrained into their routines. They wake up, brush, go about their day, brush, go to bed. The fact that they’re brushing should be good enough, right? At Dr. Lisa Kalfas’ dental office in Boulder, we don’t think so, and you shouldn’t either.

Brushing your teeth isn’t so much about whether or not you do it — although that is pretty important — it’s more about how you brush.

By correctly brushing your teeth, you’re effectively removing plaque, tartar and bacteria, which protects your pearly whites from cavities, gum disease and a variety of other dental problems. Proper brushing also helps keep your teeth free of dangerous surface abrasions and can aid in keeping your gums healthy.

To correctly brush your teeth, it’s important that you follow some basic rules.

  • Brush at least twice a day

  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush

  • Aim the bristles at a 45-degree angle

  • Use a soft, circular motion instead of a horizontal “scrubbing” technique

  • Clean every surface of each tooth, including the front, back and chewing area

  • Be sure to brush your tongue each time as well

Practicing optimal brushing techniques is sure to help protect overall oral health. However, it’s still very important to maintain regular visits to your Boulder dentist and get professional cleanings as recommended. If you’re due for a cleaning or checkup, call Dr. Lisa Kalfas to schedule an appointment today!