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Are you brushing your teeth properly?


Brushing is the most effective method for removing harmful plaque from your teeth and gums. Removing debris from your teeth and gums in a timely manner prevents cavity causing acids from bacteria in your food.

Brushing three times a day is the recommended minimum. If you use a fluoride toothpaste in the morning and before bed at night, you can get away without using toothpaste during the middle of the day. A simple brushing with water or rinsing your mouth with water for 30 seconds after lunch is generally sufficient.

Brushing techniques

Since everyone's teeth are different, consult with our dentist before choosing a brushing technique.

popular techniques that work:

Use a circular motion to brush only two or three teeth at a time, gradually covering your entire mouth. Place your toothbrush next to your teeth at a 45-degree angle and gently brush in a circular motion, not up and down.

Up and down motion wears down your tooth structure and can lead to receding gums or expose the root of your tooth. You should brush all surfaces of your teeth -- front, back, top and between other teeth, rocking the brush back and forth gently to remove any plaque growing under your gum.

Other surfaces of your mouth are also covered in bacteria including your gums, roof and floor of your mouth, and your tongue. Brushing your tongue removes trapped bacteria and other disease-causing germs, in addition to freshening your breath.

Remember to replace your brush when bristles begin to spread as a worn toothbrush will not properly clean your teeth. Effective brushing usually takes about three minutes. Take your time and try not to rush your tooth brushing for best results.