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When it comes to brushing your teeth, you’ve probably heard the same things since you were a child.  However, many adults still do not brush their teeth properly.  There are several key things to remember when brushing your teeth:

  1. Brush for 3 minutes, 2 times a day.  If you are brushing for less than 2 minutes, you aren’t being thorough enough to get all the places you need to.  While brushing, pay special attention to fillings, the gum line, and those hard-to-reach back teeth.
  2. If you are using hand held toothbrush, position it at a 45 degree angle, brush the outer surfaces of your upper and lower teeth first.  Then, do the same with the inner surfaces of your upper teeth, then your lower teeth.  After the inside and outside surfaces are clean, you can go ahead and brush the chewing surfaces.
  3. Choosing the right toothbrush for you is also very important.  As a general rule electric toothbrush like Rotodent will clean your teeth better then hand brushing, especially for patients having Orthodontic treatment, periodontal disease, lacking manual dexterity and kids.
  4. If you are using a hand toothbrush, generally a soft-bristled brush is best for brushing all the areas of your teeth. Small-headed brushes are great for reaching places that would be otherwise hard to get to.

Replacing your toothbrush on time is also important.  You should replace your brush or rotary brush heads every 3 months or sooner if it you start seeing the bristles bending outwards. <sign of bristles wear out>.

Remember – if you take care of your teeth they will take care of you!