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We are often told that we need to brush our teeth for two minutes, twice a day. Here are a few tips to get the best clean possible, and make those minutes work for you.

The Right Brush

Toothbrushes are designed to be used for a few months, then disposed of. That means that if your toothbrush is three to four months old or more, it’s time to replace it! When buying a toothbrush, choose one 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 effectiveness and safety. Medium-bristled or stiff-bristled brushes can damage your tooth enamel and gum tissues.

The Right Technique

When brushing, place the toothbrush at a 45 degree angle to your gums, starting at the base by the gumline. Use gentle pressure (think “massage” rather than “scrub”) and short, back-and-forth strokes. Even with a soft toothbrush, if you use harsh pressure to scrub away plaque and debris, you run the risk of damaging your enamel and gum tissues.

The Right Support

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 be fine. Fluoride toothpaste is best, which helps strengthen enamel.

For more information or to set an appointment, call New Prague Gentle Dental Care in New Prague, Minnesota, at 952-758-3003. Dr. Gregory Dvorak and our team look forward to seeing you twice a year!