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For many people, brushing their teeth is just another part of their normal routine. And this is good. Regular tooth brushing is key to maintaining great oral health. But sometimes habits can become so normal that they are accomplished without thought. Here are some suggestions to refresh your brushing.

First, let’s talk about your technique. Wide, side-to-side strokes can be abrasive to your gums and cause damage. They also aren’t highly effective in some harder-to-reach areas. Try holding your brush at a 45-degree angle to the gums and use short, gentle, up-and-down motions. Also, it might be a good idea to switch up where you begin now and then. This helps to keep you from being lazy and too routine-bound.

Take another look at the toothpaste you normally buy. Some can be quite harsh, including those that purport whitening. It is best to stick with a normal fluoride toothpaste. Please talk with Dr. Maria Boutsikos, DMD about whitening products.

Be sure to take long enough when you brush. Many people average less than a minute, but it is recommended that you brush for at least 2 minutes every time. This can seem like a long time, especially for children, but it can greatly increase the productivity of each brushing.

Effective tooth brushing helps prevent tooth decay and gum disease. By being aware of your brushing habits and technique, you can improve the effectiveness of your oral hygiene routine. Please call Dynamic Dental Smiles to talk about how else you can improve your oral health.