Dental plaque is easily removable, so here’s the method to achieve the goal:

  • Hold the toothbrush in your fingertips using no more than pencil or pen pressure, not with a grip.  The motion and pressure needed are minimal – not as much required to scrub your nails – gum tissues are soft and easily damaged.  A gentle “scrub” technique is best.
  • Hold the toothbrush, with bristles of a well-designed multi-tiufted toothbrush at about 45 degrees into the gum line, then gently scrubbing.
  • Complete brushing may take up to 2 minutes and some places may feel awkward to get to.
  • Flossing is important because over 50% of plaque accumulation occurs in the protected area between the teeth, the site when cavities start and progress.