Tips on Brushing Your Teeth by Patti Wood, Body Language Expert

Tips on Brushing Your Teeth

I was asked by someone in the media today to share tips on brushing your teeth.
Below are a few tips I learned as a body language expert and former spokesperson for a Dental product line the Natural Dentist where I did research on the relationship between your smile and your DISC Personality.  I also found out a tremendous amount about teeth as the sister of a former dental hygienist and Endodontist.  

What's the best method to brush your teeth- up and down, in circles or back and forth?
You want to brush up and down, back and forth can erode the enamel.

What kind of toothpaste should you use?
You want to use the right toothpaste for your teeth and your gums so get your dentist to recommend if you need special toothpaste like tarter control or you can do more harm than good. 

Should you brush without tooth paste?
Brush once a day without toothpaste too as it actually gives a different kind of cleaning.

What is the best toothbrush to use?
Automatic toothbrushes are great to use for the full two minutes.

How often should you brush your teeth?  
Twice a day brushing is typically enough.

What if I can't brush my teeth after I eat?
If you can’t brush your teeth because you’re out and about one of the most effective fall backs is to swish water around in your mouth, very powerfully. Then brush your teeth when you get home.

What are some items that damage teeth and what can you do to avoid damage? 
Liquid damages your teeth too if not brushed away, so brush or swish water after coffee, juice and other beverages and any sweets like candy.

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Patti Wood, MA, Certified Speaking Professional - The Body Language Expert. For more body language insights go to her website at Check out Patti's website for her new book "SNAP, Making the Most of First Impressions, Body Language and Charisma" at Also check out Patti's YouTube channel at