Sep 08, 2014 8:00 AM

Author: Office of Public Affairs


Did you know there are different techniques for brushing your teeth? Researchers from University College London surveyed dental organizations around the world, examined dental textbooks and even asked toothbrush manufacturers how they recommend people clean their teeth. It turns out not everyone agrees.

The most commonly recommended method is the Modified Bass technique, which involves holding the toothbrush at an angle so that the bristles point at your gum line and making short back-and-forth strokes, followed by sweeping the brush from under the gum toward the edge of your tooth. Other techniques include making up-and-down motions across your teeth and sweeping circular motions. They have names like Fones and Scrub. 

The American Dental Association (ADA), the largest professional organization for dentists in the United States, recommends the Bass technique. Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums and move it gently back and forth in short strokes for each tooth. Another tip: After cleaning your teeth, the ADA recommends brushing your tongue to remove bacteria and keep your breath fresh.

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