Brushing your teeth is probably a standard part of your daily routine, but chances are you may not be following the American Dental Association guidelines for cleaning your teeth properly. The ADA currently recommends that you brush your teeth at a minimum of two times per day – preferably morning and night, and anytime you each foods that contain sugar. When you brush your teeth, your toothbrush should be tilted at a 45-degree angle to your gum line. As you brush, be sure to use a circular motion to remove debris from all surfaces of the teeth- including the back, in between the teeth, near the gum line, as well as all chewing surfaces. It is also very important to brush your tongue, as bacteria can build up there and cause malodorous (bad) breath.
Did you know…
That the type of toothbrush you use makes a huge difference in your oral health. The ADA recommends using a soft-bristle toothbrush with a head that is ergonomically proportioned to the inside of your mouth. Many patients believe that medium of hard-bristled toothbrushes are going to be more effective when brushing their teeth. Well, the truth is, these brushes can actually cause abrasions to the teeth and gums, making them more vulnerable to decay. The ADA also recommends replacing your toothbrush around 4 times a year, or whenever bristles are frayed or bent over.
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