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We are often told that we need to brush our teeth. But how often are we instructed how to brush our teeth? Here are a few tips and tricks to get the best possible clean.

The Right Brush

Toothbrushes are designed to be used for a few months, then thrown away. If your toothbrush is three to four months old or more, it’s time to replace it. Choose a toothbrush that has very soft bristles and has earned the ADA Seal of Acceptance. This seal indicates that the product has been rigorously tested for both safety and effectiveness. Medium- or stiff-bristled brushes can damage your teeth and gums.

The Right Technique

When you brush your teeth, place the brush at a 45* angle to your gums. Use gentle pressure and short, back-and-forth strokes. If you use harsh pressure to scrub away plaque and debris, you run the risk of damaging your enamel and gum tissues. Use only a small amount of toothpaste–no need for the inch-long squeeze you see in commercials. A dollop a little larger than the size of a pea will do.

The Right Support

Make sure to accompany your brushing habit with its partner, flossing. Flossing removes plaque from areas your toothbrush cannot reach, such as in between teeth and behind the back molars. This is very important for preventing cavities and gum disease.

For more information or to set an appointment, call David J. Harsant, DDS, PA in Fayetteville, North Carolina, at 910.864.4646. Drs. Jeremiah Davis and David Harsant look forward to seeing you!