How often should I brush my teeth?

We suggest brushing your teeth for two minutes twice a day using proper technique.

  • Be sure to brush all surfaces of teeth
  • Angle toothbrush toward the gumline
  • Use gentle pressure – the bristle tips do the cleaning
  • Replace toothbrush every three months or earlier if it looks worn

While an electric toothbrush is not necessary to keep teeth clean, it sure makes it easier. Not only does it vibrate at a high speed, scrubbing away plaque and food particles, it also comes with a handy timer letting you know you have reached the two-minute mark. 

Brushing alone is not enough. You need to clean between your teeth where the toothbrush doesn't reach at least once a day using floss or the correct size interdental brush – a nifty little brush perfect for cleaning in hard-to-reach spots. 

Flossing your teeth not only helps to keep your teeth clean, but it also maintains your periodontal health by removing bacteria just beneath the gumline.

For patients with crowded teeth, waxed floss or dental tape makes it easier to floss without fraying. For patients with spaces between teeth, braided or woven floss will help you remove more plaque.

If you want to discuss products or need a refresher on home hygiene, we are always happy to demonstrate so that you get the most out of your home oral care.

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We are confidently compliant with all NZ Dental Council and Ministry of Health requirements. Please wear a surgical mask to your appointment and do not attend if you are feeling unwell or are self-isolating. Please follow the instructions at our front door. You may be required to wait in your car until we are ready for you to control patient flow at the front desk. Thanks for your patience as we prioritise the health and safety of our patients and staff.