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We all know that brushing our teeth every day is very important. But, we often learned our brushing techniques when we were children. When was the last time you analyzed your brushing style? Is it as effective as it could be? Here are some things to remember as you improve your brushing.

Your toothbrush makes a huge difference in how well your teeth are cleaned. Use a very soft-bristled toothbrush that is no more than 3-4 months old. Use a small amount of fluoride toothpaste, brushing all of your teeth, gums, and tongue. Brushing your tongue reduces instances of bacterial growth and bad breath.

Brush your teeth twice a day for two full minutes each time. If you have trouble spending that much time on your teeth, try setting a timer, listening to your favorite song, or both. Some people find it useful to set a 30-second timer for each quadrant of their mouth to ensure a complete clean.

“Thorough” doesn’t mean “rough.” Use a gentle pressure when brushing your teeth! Consider it a tooth massage rather than a harsh scrubbing. If you use heavy pressure, you run the risk of scratching and tearing your gum tissues and tooth enamel. Even micro-scale scratches can open up oral tissues to infection and disease. Be gentle!

For more information, call Centre for Progressive Dentistry in Scottsdale, Arizona, at 480-451-5888.  Dr. Thomas Sims and our team are happy to help your daily oral hygiene habits be the best they can be!