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The top tips for brushing your teeth begin with brushing twice every single day for at least two minutes each time. Brushing should not be viewed as a chore or race, so take your time and ensure the job is done correctly. Some areas can easily be missed, so ensure that all surfaces of each tooth are cleaned, including your wisdom teeth in the back and on the back side of each tooth. With proper tooth brushing techniques, you can decrease your risks for tooth decay and gum disease substantially.

The proper angle to hold your toothbrush is often considered about 45-degrees to your gums. Brushing from this angle makes contact with the teeth easier and more effective, and it also promotes more brush-to-surface contact. When brushing your front teeth, position your brush vertically for maximum effectiveness.

Your brush strokes should be small and soft. Pushing too hard can cause gum irritation or could be too abrasive to your tooth enamel. Brush your tongue as well to remove bacteria and help fight against halitosis. When finished, be sure to properly store your toothbrush to prevent contamination.

Brushing alone is not enough to protect your teeth, so implement other tools for cleaning between your teeth, such as dental floss or a dentist-approved interdental cleaner. If you ever have any questions regarding your oral health care, our dentist can assist you.

We want your teeth to shine this year. If you are interested in a professional cleaning from Dr. Stephen Huber, please contact our office in Leawood, Kansas, by calling us at 913-543-3751. Let us help you make your smile even better!