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How To Brush your Teeth Properly

How to brush your teeth properly

Most people know how to brush their teeth – but did you know there’s an art to getting them thoroughly clean? In this guide we’ll take you through the basics and explain how you can perfect your technique and keep your teeth cleaner and healthier.

Tooth brushing basics

When is the best time to brush your teeth? At least twice a day, after breakfast and before you go to bed. You can also brush your teeth after lunch or other meals. Just remember to wait for at least 30 minutes after you’ve consumed acidic food and drinks, such as citrus fruit, wine or fruit juices. If you brush too soon, while acids are still potentially attacking your tooth enamel, you risk damaging it in its vulnerable state. We know it’s not always possible to wait that long, so a little trick: rinse your mouth 2 times with water and it will mitigate the effect of the acids.

what with? Either a manual or electric toothbrush. Make sure the brush head fits in your mouth comfortably and reaches all areas. Signal offers a range of toothbrushes so you can choose the one that’s best for you.

For how long? At least two minutes, though many dentists recommend taking three minutes to brush teeth, particularly if you’re using a manual toothbrush.

Refine your technique

Even if you think you know how to brush your teeth properly, you may find there’s room for improvement:

Brushing with a manual toothbrush

  • Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gums
  • Move the brush back and forth gently in short strokes
  • Use the brush tip to clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth with up and down strokes
  • Brush your tongue gently to remove bacteria and keep breath fresh.


After you’ve consumed acidic food, wait for at least half an hour before you brush your teeth.


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