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You probably know how important it is to brush your teeth every morning and night, but did you know that many people don’t brush as effectively as they could? In fact, some people consistently miss parts of their mouth altogether. This lets plaque and bacteria work in their mouth overnight. Fortunately, by establishing a few solid oral hygiene habits you can enjoy a healthy smile while you sleep.

Naturally, an extremely important part of brushing your teeth is having a toothbrush, but did you know that choosing the wrong toothbrush could hurt your teeth? When you choose a toothbrush—which most dentists recommend you do about every three months—you should find one with soft or medium bristles. Unfortunately, hard bristles can actually damage the outer layer of your teeth. Similarly, you should have a toothbrush with a small head for easy navigation.

You should also brush for at least two minutes at a time, but not for more than two minutes. If you do, you could damage your teeth. Also, please remember to brush up and down in circular motions, not side to side. Brushing side to side can scrape your gums and cause problems.

You should also remember to brush before you go to bed and after you wake up. While it takes several hours for tartar to form, it’s still a good idea to brush in the morning even though you haven’t eaten for several hours.

If you follow these steps—and remember to use mouthwash and floss—you can rest assured knowing your smile is well cared for. If you would like to learn more, please feel free to contact us.