What Is The Best Oral Hygiene Routine?

This article and corresponding video will show you my daily oral hygiene routine with all the best dental care tips. This oral hygiene routine will keep your teeth virtually spotless from plaque to avoid gum disease and cavities. I base this routine on my testing of different brushing and flossing techniques, sequences, product reviews, and what science has already taught us about how to take care of our teeth, and I will show you results that will blow your mind. The best oral hygiene routine for most people is to:

1) Eat first
2) Wait 15 to 20 minutes
3) Floss
4) Brush your Teeth
5) After you brush, do not rinse with water or use a fluoride rinse after.
6) Do not eat or drink after brushing for at least 30 minutes. 

For people using a water flosser, use it right after flossing with string floss and before brushing.

When Should You Brush Your Teeth?

It is essential to consider when you should brush your teeth for optimal dental care. When you brush your teeth, it should be at least 20 minutes after eating, twice a day, and after flossing. Many people don’t realize they must wait at least 20 minutes after eating because eating turns your mouth acidic. When you expose your teeth to acid, they can easily wear away to brushing, even with a soft toothbrush. In fact, tooth root notches are prevalent in people that think they are taking care of their teeth. However, they have created these notches partly due to brushing too soon after eating.

Brushing after flossing is vital because it's more effective in removing plaque. Also, brushing second helps the fluoride from toothpaste strengthen the tooth. If you brush first, the fluoride cannot interact with the tooth because the interdental plaque blocks the fluoride. I made a video here to compare the results between brushing first and second.

It is important to brush twice a day but at least once. The decay process takes only 24 hours to start, even though it takes a long time to become apparent. Breaking up the bacteria in the plaque once every 24 hours by brushing will help to prevent decay. Brushing twice daily it will help break up the plaque before it becomes more tenacious and difficult to remove.

Brushing at least 30 minutes before your next meal will help your plaque be healthy with little cavity-forming bacteria. Carbohydrates, especially sugar, feed and help increase cavity-forming bacteria in plaque. Instead, eating 30 minutes after brushing will help your plaque form with healthy bacteria.

How Do You Floss Your Teeth Properly?

You want to snap the floss between each set of adjacent teeth to floss properly. Once the floss is between the teeth, position your fingers further back so the floss wraps the back tooth in a c-shape. Then lightly rub the floss up and down the back tooth a few times without snapping the floss back out. Next, make sure the floss reaches below the gum level. Then position your fingers further forward to wrap around the other tooth and rub a few times on that tooth. Now you can snap the floss back out from between the teeth. You may now continue to floss the rest of the teeth in the same way. This movement will dislodge most plaque between your teeth if you have picked the right floss.

To know how to hold the floss correctly and more tips on flossing properly, click on the link in this sentence.

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How to floss back teeth properly wrap around molars

How Do You Brush Your Teeth Properly?

To brush your teeth properly, you need to angle your toothbrush at 45 degrees to the tooth, make small manual circles with the brush, apply light pressure, use non-abrasive toothpaste, brush for 30 seconds in each quadrant of your mouth, and brush the front, back, and biting surface of each tooth.
Brushing in circles Correct pattern

What Is The Correct Position Of The Toothbrush?

If you angle your toothbrush at 45 degrees to the tooth and use a good toothbrush, then some bristles will clean the plaque below the gum surface.
Brushing Technique Toothbrush How to Properly Brush Your Teeth

What Is The Correct Brushing Pattern?

If you make small manual circles in addition to the electric vibrations of a toothbrush, you will remove more plaque. Watch my “brushing properly” video to compare brushing technique results. In addition to removing plaque efficiently, brushing in circles also does less damage to your tooth.
Brushing in circles Correct pattern

How To Brush To Avoid Tooth Notches?

To avoid tooth abrasion and tooth root notches, as we covered earlier, four criteria must be met while brushing. First, brushing with a back-and-forth stroke has been shown to create tooth root abrasion and notches over time. Second, using medium or heavy pressure while brushing also increases abrasion. Third, using a low abrasion toothpaste will reduce the chances of tooth abrasion. Click here for a low-abrasive toothpaste. Fourth, use a toothbrush with very soft bristles. Click here for my favorite toothbrush.

As noted earlier, brushing at least 20 minutes after eating will also greatly reduce the chances of getting tooth abrasion notches. Read above on when to brush for more on that.
Tooth root notch from gingival recession
Notches in the root of the tooth from gum recession and tooth abrasion

How Long Should I Brush My Teeth?

Brushing for 30 seconds in each quadrant, for a two-minute total, may seem like plenty of time. However, that 30 seconds is broken down further to 12 seconds on the cheek side of the tooth, 12 seconds on the tongue side of the tooth, and 6 seconds on the biting surface of the tooth. Therefore, the most important feature of an electric toothbrush is the timer that keeps you on pace to ensure you are brushing thoroughly and at an even pace.

Watch my video on the results of brushing at different amounts of time. You will see from this video why brushing close to 2 minutes is so important.
Plaque Before Determining How Long To Brush
Pink-stained plaque levels before brushing and flossing.
Plaque Levels After Brushing 20 Seconds
Pink-stained plaque levels after flossing and brushing 20 seconds.
Plaque Levels After Brushing for 2 Minutes

Should You Wait To Eat After Brushing?

You should wait to eat at least 30 minutes after brushing to eat again. The longer you can wait, the better. When you eat carbohydrates, especially sugar, after brushing, you are more likely to form plaque infested with bacteria that causes tooth decay. If you wait to eat until after you brush, as your plaque reforms, it will have more healthy bacteria.
Mouth Eating Pizza

What Should I Do In Addition To Brushing And Flossing?

You should do other possible dental care measures in addition to flossing and brushing. There is no adequate substitute for this oral hygiene routine, so additional oral hygiene care is not to replace brushing and flossing. If you are using an extra fluoride rinse, you should use it after brushing so the fluoride will strengthen your teeth. If you use a non-fluoride rinse, use it before brushing, so you don’t rinse away the fluoride.

A water flosser, like the Waterpick, can be helpful, but they are not a substitute for floss. Watch my video on why water flossers aren't as efficient as a good floss. Then, click here for my favorite floss.
Act Fluoride Rinse

Why Do I Have To Brush & Floss So Much?

The reason most people have to brush and floss so much is that their current diet is conducive to cavities and gum disease. There are two main contributors to these two oral diseases. First, we eat an exorbitant amount of sugar and carbohydrates compared to our distant ancestors. Carbohydrates, especially sugar, contribute to the proliferation of bad bacteria in our plaque. Watch the video in the following link for more information on this.

Second, we eat many more times a day than our distant ancestors. Most people eat three meals a day and snacks between each of those meals. The constant eating of meals does not give our saliva adequate time to fight the bad effects of eating.

I compare these habits because ancient skulls of our human ancestors show that people had fewer cavities and gum disease even with high amounts of petrified plaque and tartar on their teeth.
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