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You’ve been brushing your teeth since you were a child, of course, but how is your technique? Same as when you were a child? Let’s talk about the correct way to brush your teeth.

Place your toothbrush in your mouth with the bristles against your teeth, at a 45* angle to your gums. Make short, tooth-wide strokes using gentle pressure. Some people use a lot of pressure on the toothbrush, thinking this will get their teeth cleaner, faster. However, rough scrubbing doesn’t help, it actually makes things worse. It only rips up the gums and puts tiny scratches in the tooth enamel. Stick with gentle brushing for 2 full minutes twice a day. Brush the inside, outside, and chewing surfaces of each tooth.

Always start with a clean toothbrush. To keep your toothbrush as clean as possible, follow these steps. First, rinse it off with plain running water after each use, to remove food particles and other debris. Second, store it upright, in an open, well-ventilated area. This reduces bacterial growth on your toothbrush. Toothbrushes should not be used for more than 3-4 months–then they need to be replaced.

Never share toothbrushes, and never use your toothbrush for anything other than brushing your own teeth. This leads to serious cross-contamination and can introduce infection, disease, and other oral emergencies into your mouth.

For more information or to set an appointment, call Generations Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Tampa, Florida, at 813-251-5740. Dr. David Goldschein and our team look forward to making your smile shine!