Almost everyone around the world knows the importance of regular brushing to the overall health of our mouth and teeth. It cleans our teeth from food debris left over after meals. It also regulates uncontrolled bacterial growth in our mouth that could cause tooth decay and bad breath. But for a few people, simply brushing one’s teeth is not enough. The surgeons who specialize in dentistry impart certain techniques to be followed in order to get the full benefit of brushing one’s teeth.
Believe it or not, there are a few techniques when it comes to brushing your teeth and they all serve a different purpose. The first one is called Bass or Sulcular technique and its main purpose is to promote gum health. The process involves brushing under and around the gum line to target areas where most bacterial growth is common. When brushing, the toothbrush should be parallel to your teeth and the bristles pointing towards the gums. Then tilt the brush 45 degrees while maintaining a gentle pressure on the bristles under the gum line all the while wiggling or vibrating the brush back and forth. The next technique is called the Charter technique. This technique is beneficial for those people with a bit of space between teeth or had recent periodontal surgery. The bristles should be angled 45 degrees as it points towards the chewing surface or the crown of the teeth. A gentle but firm vibration is applied in a circular motion for 15 to 20 counts. This should be done on all other parts of the teeth as well as the inner cheek and tongue.