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.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
COVID-19 Update 12 May 2020
We are excited that we can see patients from Thursday as we move to Level 2. Please call 03 3545450 to schedule an appointment.
We want to make you aware of some changes to expect as we work to keep you safe.We will ask you a series of screening questions on making the appointment and again when you arrive for your appointment.  We'll ask you to use hand sanitizer as you arrive and leave our office.We won't be using the Front Room to seat patients awaiting treatment instead we ask you to call us on your arrival from your car and we'll bring you directly into the Treatment Room when we're ready for you. Appointments are being managed to allow for additional infection control procedures and social distancing between patients so you may be offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment. We know you will understand as the world has changed we have made some changes along with it to keep our patients and our team safe.

Louisa Cullen, Richard Beale and our team at Beale & Cullen Dental