Correct brushing using a manual toothbrush
The trick is:Position brush at an angle, half on the gums, half on the teeth, and clean in short circular movements, ideally without pressure. That really is all it takes.
Of course, there is also a more detailed guide
However, if you remember the initial instruction, you are already on the right path: you are cleaning your teeth and the gum line (gingival margin) gently as well as effectively thanks to the many gentle CUREN® filaments of our toothbrushes. Pressure, particularly in combination with medium or even hard bristles, frequently causes damage to teeth and gums.
The following instructions are to help you clean your teeth properly. The short circular movements performed almost without any pressure take some getting used to. However, the same applies to teeth brushing as to skiing or dancing, jogging or Nordic walking: practice makes perfect. Ask you dental professional to monitor your progress.
The cleaning system
Always follow the same pattern. All of the outside first, then all of the inside, lower teeth first, then upper.
Small circular movements without pressure
Remember, this toothbrush cleans your teeth even if you apply hardly any pressure. So be very gentle.
Learning to clean teeth properly
This cleaning technique is taught in our iTop seminars attended by professionals from pharmacies and dental surgeries. These seminars are open to all.
Lower row of teeth
1. Positioning: start with the outside of the lower row of teeth. Position the CS 5460 ultra soft at the rear-most molar, half on the gums, half on the tooth. Angle the brush head slightly towards the gums, at approx. 45 degrees. That is much simpler than it sounds: the CS 5460 ultra soft has an octagonal handle, making it very easy for you to hold the brush at the correct angle.
2. Around the outside: now move the brush in short circular movements from the back molar across the two front teeth to the back molar on the other side of the jaw. Take time and focus on each individual tooth, performing five to ten of these short circular movements. Go round the back molar with small strokes and continue on the inside of the lower row of teeth (see 3.)
3. Around the inside: work your way across all the teeth in small, almost pressure-free circular movement until you reach the other back molar from where you had started
Special case: Behind the rear lower molar
4. Go round this molar with short gentle circular movements. It helps to keep the CS 5460 ultra soft as vertical as possible.
Special case: Inside the lower front teeth
5. Positioning: keep the CS 5460 ultra soft as vertical as possible so that part of the inside of the front teeth and part of the gums are covered. At this steep angle, move the brush in short gentle movements, first on the inside of a tooth, then on the other. The reason why this area needs to be cleaned in this way is because it is too narrow to keep the brush on its side. However, this is an area that requires particularly diligent cleaning, because the salivary gland located just below the front teeth results in a considerable flow of saliva. In consequence, this is the area where most plaque develops.
Upper row of teeth
6. Around the outside: here again, you start with the outside of the rear-most molar. Position the CS 5460 ultra soft at an angle and proceed with cleaning as described under 1), 2) and 3). Keep the brush head at a slight angle to the gums (about 45 degrees); work the brush forward in short circular movements from the rear molar via the incisors to the rear molar on the other side of the jaw. Go around the molar in small movements and continue on the inside row of teeth. Again precede in short circular movement with almost no pressure, until you get back to the molar from where you had started.
Special case: Behind the rear top molars
7. Go round each of these rear molars with short gentle circular movements. It helps to keep the CS 5460 ultra soft as vertical as possible.
Special case: Inside the upper front teeth
8. Steep angle, circular movements: clean the inside of the front incisors the same way as your additional cleaning of the insides of the lower ones, see 4) and 5). Hold the CS 5460 ultra soft at a steep angle so that part of the inside of the tooth and part of the gum are covered. Then brush in short circular movements, first the inside of one front tooth, then of the other.
9. Children in particular need to clean the chewing surfaces carefully. Start at the back and work your way forward slowly in short back-and-forth movements. With increasing age, it may be possible that there is less need to clean the chewing surfaces. However, only a dental professional can make that assessment on an individual basis.
Each person is different
As is each mouth, each tooth and each interdental space. For that reason, optimal teeth cleaning needs to be adapted to the individual anatomy, age and ability of each person. Ask your dental professionals for advice and training. Perfect, effective and at the same time gentle brushing of teeth cannot be learned just by reading about it. Practice makes perfect!
Have your cleaning technique regularly checked by a dental professional. They will be able to tell you exactly which interdental spaces to clean by flossing and where interdental brushes are the ideal choice.