4 Types of Brushing Techniques

1. Horizontal Reciprocating Motion:

Place the brush on either on left or right side of the teeth and the brush is moved along the side of the dentition to the back region and pull towards the front region.

2. Vibratory motion technique

  • Bass Method

Bass method : It is one of the effective type of the brushing technique. In this type bristles are placed directly apically 45-degree angle to the tooth surface or place parallel to the tooth surface press the bristles slightly so that they enter the gumline vibrate the brush back and forth with the 10-15 strokes for each position and move next to the teeth.

  • Stillman Brushing Technique

Stillman Brushing Technique: it is similar to bass technique with just slight modification of occlusal movement with short horizontal strokes. Bristles are directed apically & angles same as bass, Bristles are placed partly over cervical part of tooth and partly on adjacent gingival.

  • Charter Brushing Technique

Charter brushing technique: it is the technique mostly used in presence of any appliance in oral cavity position the bristles towards the crown of the teeth the sides of the bristles are placed at gingival margin 45 degree to the long axis of the tooth short back and forth motions are given directly

  • Modified bass / Modified Charter Method

Modified Bass / Modified Charter: follow the techniques mentioned in above technique at the end of each technique roll the brush towards the occlusal surface of the teeth full tuft occlusally after cervical area is cleaned by the prescribed method.

3. Rotary Brushing Technique

  • Fones Brushing Technique

Fones Brushing Technique: it is simplest way for children tooth brushing place the toothbrush on a set of the teeth then activate the bristles by slightly pressing against the teeth 4-5 times on each set of the teeth and move to the next.

4. Roll stroke brushing technique:

It is the method in which one does not need practising the bristles are pointed apical towards the root and placed on the gingival margin and then the stroke is given to the roll brush occlusal cleaning inter proximal areas and the tooth surface in one stroke.