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How is your toothbrushing technique? Still like it was when you were a child? Let’s take a look at the proper way to brush your teeth.

To brush your teeth, place the head of your toothbrush with the bristles against your teeth at a 45* angle. Make short, back and forth, tooth-wide strokes. Use gentle pressure–some people use a lot of pressure on the toothbrush, thinking this will clean their teeth better. However, rough scrubbing on teeth damages them by ripping up the gums and putting tiny scratches in the tooth enamel. Instead, stick with gentle brushing for 2 full minutes twice a day. Be sure to brush the inside, outside, and chewing surfaces of each tooth.

To keep your toothbrush as clean as possible, rinse it off with plain running water after each use. This removes food particles and other debris that may be present. Store your toothbrush upright, in an open, well-ventilated area. This reduces bacterial growth rates on your toothbrush. Toothbrushes should not be used for more than 3-4 months, even if the bristles look “fine.” Brushes should be replaced sooner if bristles look worn or frayed.

Never share toothbrushes. Never use your toothbrush for any activity other than brushing your own teeth.

For more information or to set an appointment, call Joseph Goodman, DDS, DMD in Beverly Hills, California, at 310-734-4557. Dr. Joseph Goodman and our team look forward to keeping your smile bright!