Different Brushing Techniques

It's important to understand proper brushing technique. Abrasions, wear of the enamel, abrasions, gum issues, and other issues with the teeth are caused by improper tooth brushing. Here are some of the common tooth brushing techniques.

Different Brushing Techniques

Toothbrushing is the act or method of cleaning the teeth with a toothbrush. Brushing your teeth is essential to preventing gum disease. Gum disease might begin to develop after several days of not brushing one's teeth. Plaque is the main contributor to tooth decay and gum disease, and brushing ensures that it is removed. Brushing also prevents new plaque from forming. Brushing your teeth more than three times a day will wear down the enamel on your teeth, therefore you should limit your brushing. You should brush at least twice each day.

Modified bass Technique:

Dentists recommend a few different brushing methods; the most popular and efficient method is the modified bass method. The majority of dental associations throughout the world endorse this procedure, hence it is used as such.

1. Put your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against your gum line.

2. Use a soft circular motion to gently clean each tooth (or two to three at a time).

3. After thoroughly cleaning each tooth, flick the toothbrush away from the gum line, down the tooth.

4. Don't forget to brush all of your teeth in this manner, paying particular attention to the upper, inner, and outer surfaces.

5. Don't forget to continue using the circular motion to brush your tongue as well.

Circular Brushing Method(FONES):

1. This is the approach that every one of us learned as children and is unquestionably the most popular.

2. One of the simplest is to make short, light circular brush strokes that overlap each tooth surface while holding the bristles at a 45-degree angle toward the gum line.

3. Continue doing this up until every tooth has been cleaned.

The Modified Stillman Brushing Technique:

This technique is effective for people with gingivitis and aims to eliminate plaque from above the gum line.


1. Bristles are angled at a 45-degree angle toward the gum line.

2. Half of the bristles should be on the tooth's surface and the other half on the gums.

3. Plaque is eliminated from above the gum line by using quick, light horizontal movements.

4. The motion is excellent for successfully targeting tiny groups of teeth and helps to eliminate plaque and stimulate the gums.

5. Move on to the next set of teeth once you have finished the previous set, then repeat.

Charter Brushing Technique.

Best for those who are wearing braces.

1. Brackets and archwire plaque can be removed by angling the bristles of a toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and directing them in that direction.

2. After that, reverse the direction of the bristles to clear any plaque from around the archwire and brackets.

3. By doing this, the braces' surfaces will be free of all plaque.

Leonard's method of brushing

It is additionally referred to as the vertical brushing method. The bristles are 90 degrees parallel to the teeth and are pushed vertically up and down across the teeth. Brushing is done separately on the upper and lower teeth.

• Negative aspects

Adults should generally avoid using it since it does not adequately clean the interdental spaces in permanent teeth.

Horizontal Brushing:


The bristles are triggered in a gentle, horizontal scrubbing action, making it the most popular brushing technique.

The brush is placed on the teeth, either on the left or right side, and moved along the dental line to the posterior area before being drawn back again.

Everyone brushes their teeth this way, but doing so for an extended period of time can lead to cervical abrasion, which is not healthy.

Every brushing method serves a different purpose. For instance, the Fones circular technique for children and the Modified Bass Technique for adults are the best tooth-brushing methods. The most effective technique for cleaning teeth during orthodontic treatment is the charter method. You can brush your teeth with a modified Stillman's technique after post-dental surgery. We must choose the tooth-brushing technique based on its use or purpose.