How To Properly Brush Your Teeth

When it comes to your oral health, you shouldn’t cut any corners. Not only can it affect the health of your mouth, but of your entire body, too. While many patients believe their practicing good oral hygiene, they can be shocked when they find out they’re not properly brushing their teeth. Are you brushing those pearly whites correctly? It can be difficult to tell, especially without your dentist looking over your shoulder. Don’t worry – we’ve come up with a few tips for you so you can make sure you’re getting all those nooks and crannies and leaving no bacteria behind!

Cover All Chewing Surfaces

Basically, your toothbrush should go everywhere the food inside your mouth does. Typically, you use your molars to chew food – make sure you’re adequately brushing the tops of these “chewing” surfaces.

Brush Inside & Outside

No, this doesn’t mean you should brush your teeth indoors and outdoors – that’s crazy! This means you should use your toothbrush on the inside of your tooth and on the outside. The importance of this is that you really don’t skip over any areas because you don’t want to leave any bacterial film on your teeth or near your gum tissue.

Don’t Forget Your Tongue

If you feel like your breath has had an odor lately, try giving your tongue a good brush when you’re done brushing your teeth. This will remove the bacteria from your tongue and freshen up your breath!

Covering The Basics:

  • Use a soft-bristle toothbrush
  • Brush at least twice per day
  • Brushing your teeth should take a total of two minutes
  • You don’t need an excessive amount of toothpaste, a little goes a long way
  • As always, don’t forget to brush ALL of the surfaces of your teeth!


Patrick M. Jaeckle, DDS, offers families in the Austin/Central Texas area the latest in comprehensive dental care. To improve the health and function of your smile, we provide preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry, as well as migraine and headache relief. To schedule an appointment, call our Austin office at (512) 912-7543, or our Bee Cave location at (512) 402-1955.