Taking care of your smile with the correct oral hygiene at home is important. Paired with regular visits to your dentist and hygienist, you can ensure your teeth and gums stay healthy long term and prevent future issues from occurring.
How long should you brush your teeth?
You should brush your teeth for two minutes, twice daily. You can use a timer to make it easier to track - some electric toothbrushes even have automatic timers to help you know how long to brush for.
Can you over-brush your teeth?
We encourage sticking to the recommended two minutes of brushing. Brushing for longer than two minutes isn't harmful if you're gentle, however, if you use too much pressure you can damage enamel and gum tissue, leading to tooth sensitivity and irritated gums.
What techniques should I be using?
You can prevent and control gum disease by brushing around and under the gumline where bacteria and plaque build-up.
Follow these brushing tips to help ensure you're brushing correctly
If you have spaces between your teeth, gum recession, exposed roots, orthodontics or partial dentures you can follow the below tips for brushing:
For more advice on brushing techniques, we recommend talking to your dentist or hygienist. At your six-monthly, hygiene appointments, your dental hygienist can let you know if you're not brushing or flossing enough.