Brushing Up on Technique


Like anything, there are many different ways to do the same thing. Brushing your teeth is no exception. With all the different techniques to consider, the best source of truth is to consult with the experts themselves, a participating dentist.

Remember that Australian Unity partners with dentists to give members with dental cover at least 15% off the cost of treatment. You can find your closest dentist here.

In the meantime, here are a few handy tips to help you create good brushing habits:

  • Brush twice a day – when something’s so good for you why not do it twice?
  • Using a toothpaste containing fluoride is your best bet to prevent tooth decay.

  • Your gums needs some love too. Place your brush on a slight angle toward the gums to make sure you’re brushing along your gum line.

  • TLC is the best remedy – it only takes gentle pressure to remove plaque from your teeth, no need to be forceful.

  • Make sure no area is left out and concentrate on cleaning all the surfaces of the teeth

  • Have knock out breath for all the right reasons! Brushing your tongue gently can help remove bacteria that cause bad breath.

The Importance of Flossing

The spaces in between matter too so don’t forget about them! Cleaning between your teeth is every bit as important as brushing.
  • Since brushing can't effectively clean between teeth, it's important to use floss to get to those areas.
  • If dental floss isn’t really your thing, other items also are available to help you clean between your teeth. Ask your dentist which one is best for you.
  • Make it a daily ritual and clean between your teeth once a day to stay on top of your oral game.
  • Avoid injuring your gum tissue by practicing a gentle touch while flossing.

Oral Care Products

Ever walk down the oral health care aisle in your local supermarket or chemist and feel lost in a sea of options? Do you need ‘foaming action’ or ‘advanced whitening’? What about sensitivity relief?
But never fear, we have some sure fire ways to narrow down your selections and boost you oral care confidence:

  • Look for the Australian Dental Association seal of approval for assurance that products have met ADA standards of safety and effectiveness.
  • Ask a dentist to help you choose the best products for your needs. Everyone is going to have different oral hygiene needs and routines, so it goes without saying that different products will work better for some more than others. The best brush you can buy isn’t necessarily the most expensive but the one you will use regularly and properly.
  • Create a strategy - talk to your dentist or dental hygienist about your oral care routine and technique. Their extensive knowledge will help you get the job done right first time, every time.

Why not visit a dentist for your next check-up and talk to an expert about your oral hygiene? Australian Unity members with dental cover will enjoy at least 15% off the cost of treatment. Find your closest dentist here.


Information provided in this article is not medical advice and you should consult with your healthcare practitioner. Australian Unity accepts no responsibility for the accuracy of any of the opinions, advice, representations or information contained in this publication. Readers should rely on their own advice and enquiries in making decisions affecting their own health, wellbeing or interest.