How to Brush Your Teeth for a Whiter Smile

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Our day always begins with brushing our teeth, right?

Unfortunately, simply brushing daily is not enough, you also need to follow the right way of brushing teeth.

Confused by this? It means, everyone brushes, but most people don’t know how to brush correctly and follow the best techniques for brushing teeth.

After reading that sentence, you are probably laughing and asking the question “What brushing techniques, you put it in your mouth and brush, are you crazy?”.

OK, we get it! But please read the complete article and you might be surprised what you learn about how to brush your teeth and which type of brush you should use.

How to Brush Your Teeth Properly

Although we brush daily, our teeth still gradually become yellow in color or experience other types of discoloration.

Do you know the reason why this is? Even when you brush regularly; many plaques still set on your teeth which result in tooth decay and loss of appearance.

In most cases this is mainly due to incorrect brushing technique.

Did you know that how long you brush your teeth for also plays an important role in teeth whitening? It’s not good for your teeth if you treat brushing like a daily chore that has to be done as quickly as possible before you can eat your breakfast bagel!

Improper brushing may lead to many diseases and affect other areas of your health.

So, ideally you need to  spend several minutes for proper teeth brushing. Brushing teeth correctly will give you the all the benefits of good oral health.

Find out the best ways to brush your teeth below.

Proper Ways to Brush Your Teeth (Steps to brush your teeth)

Of course, you know why to brush and when to brush.

In addition to this it’s now time to learn the right way of brushing teeth.

These basic steps are very important to get white teeth for a bright smile. Hence, check the brushing techniques and pictures of clean teeth.

1. Rinse Your Toothbrush

Place your toothbrush under a running tap to remove bacteria.

Otherwise, the bacteria that live on the brush will enter into body through the mouth which can causes several diseases. Rinsing the brush will help to remove paste that was left there on a previous day.

2. Place a Small Amount of Toothpaste on the Brush

Opt for the right toothpaste to clean your teeth. Use only a pea-size amount of toothpaste for brushing your teeth.

Because too much of toothpaste will strip enamel on teeth and potentially cause excess fluoride particles enters into your body which is a risk for your health.

If you are interested you can make your own natural teeth whitening toothpaste from coconut oil and other natural ingredients.

This coconut oil toothpaste is 100% chemical and fluoride free so don’t be shy about giving it a try at home.

3. Brush Your Teeth

So finally we get to the burning question? What is the best way to brush your teeth?

Before you begin brushing hold your brush at a 45 degree angle aiming towards the bristles. This is the correct way to brush your teeth.

  1. Front Teeth: Brush your front teeth gently in up to down circular motions being careful you don’t go too hard o the gum line.
  2. Brush Frontside Molars: For complete removal of plaques and stains, you have to clean your molar teeth. Placing the brush perpendicular to your mouth is the proper way to brush your molars. Starting at the bottom, brush your teeth by making circular movements to gently clean the  front molars.

  3. Brush Backside Lower Molars: When you complete the cleaning of front molars, brush the back molars.

  4. Brush Backside Upper Molars: Repeat this process to clean your top molars.

  5. Brush Backside of Upper Front Teeth: Open your mouth as wide as you can and clean the backside of your front teeth.

  6. Brush Backside of Lower Front Teeth: Repeat this process and brush your lower front teeth.

You can also opt for an electric or battery toothbrush to remove the stains on your teeth.

How to Brush Your Teeth

Spend at Least 2 minutes Brushing

Do you remember how long you should brush your teeth for daily? To get white and healthy teeth, you must brush for at least 2 minutes.

Split up your teeth in four quadrants and spend around a minute for each quadrant.

Research has proven that 90% of decayed tooth cases are because of neglecting the inner teeth when brushing.

Hence, while brushing don’t forget your inner teeth. If you do neglect the inner tooth surfaces your teeth will start decay on the inner side first and this spreads the bacteria to the outside.

While this process happens, your teeth will become yellow in color and eventually you will start to lose teeth.

After Brushing

Have you thoroughly cleaned your teeth?

When you are done with the tooth brushing procedure, rinse your mouth with water.

Take a sip of water into the mouth and gargle for few seconds to get rid of all the paste.

Otherwise, the paste will enter into the body and the chemicals present in it may cause harm so it is better to rinse your mouth with saltwater.

Also, you can choose mouthwash products for rinsing but don’t swallow that water!.

How Often and When Do I Brush My Teeth?

When you take a meal or snack rich in sugar, the acids contained in the food may cause bacteria to develop.

Meanwhile, plaques will attack teeth enamel and  your teeth get damaged.

But, brushing immediately after having acidic food may strip off enamel from your teeth. Hence, don’t brush immediately after consuming acidic drinks or foods.

How many times you should brush your teeth a day is also an important thing to remember. To have healthy teeth, it is necessary to brush at least 2 times a day – once in the daytime and again before going to bed.

Choosing the Right Tools for Oral Health

Choosing a good toothbrush is very important for good health. Hence, find a brush which has soft bristles. It seems easy to brush your teeth with this brush compared with harder bristles which take off the enamel.

Brushes with soft bristles enter easily into your teeth and remove the bacteria inside the teeth very well. Also, choose a brush with a small head to prevent difficulty fitting into the mouth.

For kids, choose a different brush which has a little head and soft bristles.

When Should I Replace my Toothbrush?

Using your toothbrush for longer than it’s designed to last will lead to loss of flexibility to bristles and decrease the effectiveness of your brushing.

Hence, it is necessary to replace the brush every 3 months.

You should also replace your toothbrush whenever you see that it has changed in shape.

Rinse the brush properly after usage and allow it to dry otherwise, bacteria will grow on the toothbrush.

Also, it’s better to change the brush when you have had a cold, flu or other respiratory virus. This is because the germs may still reside on the bristles and could cause a reoccurrence of the illness.


Plaque is the invisible gum disease that you can’t notice on your teeth. Flossing techniques will remove all the bacteria that you can’t do with your toothbrush. When you don’t remove the plaques, it becomes tartar also called calculus. This can only be reduced by professional flossing & cleaning.

Hence, floss your teeth regularly as a habit.

How to Floss Your Teeth in Pictures

How to Floss Your Teeth
  1. Take the correct length of floss.
  2. Leave two inches of floss between two hands by wrapping it around your middle and index fingers.
  3. Place it in between the teeth and gently pull back and forth with a slightly circular motion.
  4. Complete the flossing action between all teeth.
  5. After flossing, it is better and more efficient to also brush your teeth.


This article covered the best complete process on how to brush your teeth and how to floss your teeth.

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