How to clean your teeth like a hygienist

Updated April 17, 2017

Neglecting dental hygiene can have serious consequences, including yellow teeth, tooth decay, gum disease and even more serious infections. Waiting for a dental appointment to give your teeth a thorough cleaning is unnecessary. Although regular visits to the dentist are still needed, you can take steps to improve your oral hygiene and give your teeth the same kind of cleaning they would get from a dental hygienist.

Rinse your mouth with a tartar and plaque removing rinse. The rinse is specially designed to soften tartar, which can then be more easily removed by brushing. This kind of rinse contains chemicals that can be harmful if ingested or overused. Carefully follow the instructions for application. Gargle with the rinse and spit. Rinse your mouth with water.

Apply toothpaste to your toothbrush. Brush the sides of your teeth with small round strokes, at a 45-degree angle. Spend more time brushing along the gum line, since this is where most plaque and tartar accumulates. Be careful not to brush too hard or fast, since this could wear down the enamel on your teeth. Brush the top or cutting part of your teeth with short motions back and forth. Brush your teeth for no less than 2 to 3 minutes.

Brush your tongue with your toothbrush to remove bacteria that could harm your teeth. Brush your tongue three times lightly back and forth with the brush. Gargle with some water and spit to remove the toothpaste from your mouth.

Floss in between each of your teeth. Move the floss back and forth slowly between your teeth, from the outside to the gum line. Curve the floss around your teeth and move back and forth. Floss carefully to avoid hurting your gums and to make sure to dislodge any remaining tartar or plaque.

Gargle with water and spit to remove particles. Gargle well with antiseptic mouthwash to kill any remaining bacteria.

Repeat these steps each day until all of the tartar and plaque have been removed.


Brush three times a day and floss twice a day to maintain a high level of dental hygiene.

Things You'll Need

  • Tartar and plaque removing rinse
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Antiseptic mouthwash
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