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As you pull the brush out of the toothbrush holder each morning, do you ever wonder if you’re brushing correctly or using the right tools? Or do you ever suffer from poor oral hygiene, even though you do your best to brush every day? Well, brushing your teeth is a very important task that needs to be completed each day, and it’s important that you do everything you can to brush properly. So, to help you completely understand brushing, we have provided the following answers to the five most common tooth-brushing questions:

What is the proper way to brush your teeth?

Simply hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums. Then, gently move the brush back and forth across each tooth. You can also brush in circles if you would like. Do this technique for about 2 minutes. As you do so, make sure you brush the outer surfaces, inner surfaces, and chewing surfaces of your teeth, and do your best to not miss a tooth. As you brush the insides of your teeth, simply hold the brush at a vertical angle and scrub with the tip. After you are done brushing, scrub the center as well as the left and right sides of your tongue. This will help remove the bacteria that reside there.

What kind of toothbrush do I need to use?

It’s best to use a soft-bristled toothbrush that has been approved by the American Dental Association. It’s also important that you replace your brush every 3-4 months with a new one.

How can I make brushing fun?

There are many things you can do to make brushing fun. Try brushing to a 2-minute song, seeing how many bubbles you can make with the toothpaste, or making tooth brushing a family activity.

How many times do I need to brush a day?

It’s best that you brush your teeth every morning when you wake up and every night before you go to bed. You are also more than welcome to brush more frequently throughout the day—just make sure you wait to brush 30 minutes after eating.

What kind of toothpaste do I use to brush?

There are many types of toothpaste available in the world today, and each one has its benefits. However, no matter which paste you choose, pick one that contains fluoride, is approved by the American Dental Association, and properly cleans your smile.

If you would like to know more about brushing and oral hygiene, please feel free to call our office today and talk to a member of our dental team!