In times of lockdown, most of us are learning new skills, as time and boredom are playing a major role. Every dental treatment, including the cosmetic ones, starts with an effective toothbrushing technique, capable to empower the patient to look after their mouth and maintain the beautiful smile achieved, or just maintain what nature has given you healthy and comfortable.

The literature shows so many different toothbrush techniques. One of the most efficient techniques to remove the plaque or biofilm (the “soft porridge layer” that stays on your teeth and can cause problems such as decay and gum disease) is called “Modified Bass Technique”. This technique is based on the 45 degree angle of your toothbrush (electric or manual) and is highly indicated for patients who have been over-brushing throughout the years and causing the gums to recede, increasing the sensitivity to cold, hot and sweets foods and drinks.

We recommend the use of a small head and soft bristles toothbrush, so you can gently remove the plaque that normally accumulates where our teeth meet the gums.

1)Place the brush at a 45 degree angle to the gum line.
2)Gently move the brush around the tooth and gum.
3)Gentle pressure on the tooth to prevent further erosion.
4)Tilt the brush vertically and make several up and down strokes.
5)Brush your tongue.

Do this for at least 2 minutes, 2 times per day.


There is a good video from Colgate Professional about this technique:

Best wishes to all and please stay safe!

Alex Lass