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Tooth Care: Basics of Brushing

Oral hygiene is something we learn about from the time we are children. Brushing and flossing may be second nature to you, but are you doing it the proper way? It may seem like a rhetorical question, but most people do not brush their teeth for the correct amount of time or with the correct techniques. Brushing for longer than two minutes may damage your teeth, but shorter than two minutes may cause poor oral health and lead to disease and decay.

If you’re in need of some tips and tricks to the basics of brushing, you’re on the right road to a better smile:

When you brush your teeth, you should avoid using a lot of pressure but instead use short, gentle strokes. Hard to reach places should be a focus, because they are the spots where food could collect and don’t always get touched by the bristles. On top of the hard to reach places, the spaces in between your teeth should be a main priority, too.

Along with using the proper brushing techniques, you will also need to use the right toothbrush and toothpaste. 

To get the most out of brushing, a good toothbrush is essential.  There are many different models to choose from, which can make it extremely difficult to pick the right option.  When you make your choice, you should look for a brush that has soft bristles.  Soft bristles are easy on your gums, and they remove plaque and other debris from your teeth.  A small head is also preferred, as it can easily reach hard to get places, such as your back teeth.

Along with toothbrushes, there are a variety of toothpastes available, designed to help you with a variety of different conditions.  You can get toothpaste that will prevent toothaches, stop sensitivity, and prevent tartar and gingivitis.  Toothpaste is a great way to protect your teeth, therefore you should always ask your dentist what type of toothpaste they recommend for you.

Always remember to replace your brush every couple of months, or when the bristles start to show signs of wear and fray. If the bristles start to get worn down, they can tear away at your gums, leading to sensitivity. If you’ve had a cold you should replace your toothbrush, simply because the bristles can contain germs that could get you sick again.

There are many things to know about brushing your teeth and the basics of it, but with these simple steps, you will be on your way to be a brushing master. Consult your dentist with any other questions.

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