When brushing your teeth, spend the first few minutes using a dry toothbrush (without toothpaste). You will immediately notice a better sense of how well you are cleaning in and around the teeth and gum areas, because the feedback you are getting is not masked by the foam and slipperiness of the toothpaste. After doing a thorough initial brushing with the dry toothbrush, proceed to brush a second time with toothpaste applied to the brush as usual. For fresher breath, don’t forget to use a tongue scraper as well.
By using this method, you will likely find your brushing technique will yield better results and your teeth and gums will be cleaner and healthier. This is a great habit to get into, so resolve to start today! As always, don’t forget to floss at least once a day. The best time to floss is before going to bed at night. If you make this part of your routine, you will be less likely to forget.
Richard K Dimsdale, DDS