How to Brush Your Teeth


This is brought to you by my wonderful and lovely hygienist- Joanne. I quite frankly ordered her to write this page because, well, I was out of ideas, and I don’t really teach people how to brush. The consistent thing I get from patients when talking about Joanne is, “wow, I never really knew how to floss and brush until Joanne showed me. So with some begging, pleading, and good old fashioned arm wrestling (she beat me fair and square), Joanne still agreed to write this article for me. Here goes…enjoy!

Joanne Adames

Joanne Adames

“Hi, Joanne here…  In our office, I take the time to show each new patient how to brush. Whether you are six or ninety six, I demonstrate the best way to remove the plaque from your teeth and gums every time you brush. I start with the right side cheek surface of the lower arch and brush circular on the gums as well as the teeth. As you overlap the plaque gets swept away. The inside is next… Relaxing your tongue so the brush can reach that last molar, it’s now a long stroke back and forth- five or six times from molars to premolars. When you get to the canine, turn the toothbrush vertical with the bristles on the gums and pull up and out, sweeping the plaque off the lower front teeth. Repeat the molar – premolar long strokes on the opposite side.

Now the upper teeth… On the right cheek side repeat that same circular motion, but when you get to the last molar, do a loop around the last tooth to sweep away the plaque. The key is to shift your lower jaw to  the left ear, opening up the space for the U turn or loop around the last molar. Sometimes it’s a tight fit with a wisdom tooth.

On the palate side follow the long strokes back and forth. At the canine, place your brush vertical again and pull from the palate down and outward. Close your lips over the brush to prevent the splatter on the bathroom mirror. Go back and forth on the last remaining teeth.  Remember to shift your lower jaw to your right ear and do the U turn around that last molar. And of course scrub the chewing surfaces of all the molars.

By following this routine it will make your future hygiene appointment time in my chair much shorter and my job easier!  Voila, it’s a win/win situation for the both of us!

There will be reviews of technique from time to time but all in all, my patients are quite pleased with their home care. I have a high compliance rate with my patients and it gives me great satisfaction that I can make a difference in their lives.”

Max Zaslavsky DMD

Dentist in Fort Lauderdale
6451 N. Federal Highway, Ste. 129 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308
Latitude: 26.2075996 Longitude: -80.10801679999997
Phone: (954) 491-3544