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Regularly brushing your teeth is a great way to keep up your oral health. However, sometimes our habits are done without much thought, which can lead to us forgetting proper techniques and replacing them with improper brushing. This is why it’s a good idea to read up on brushing techniques to make sure you’re brushing correctly.

You should try to avoid using brushing in wide strokes from side-to-side. This method makes it difficult to clean hard to reach places. More importantly, it can be abrasive to your gums. The best way to brush is to make gently make small up and down and circular motions with the brush while holding it at a 45-degree angle. It’s also good to switch up where you start altogether just to avoid complacency and habits when cleaning your teeth.

It’s also important to use the right toothpaste. Avoid using overly abrasive toothpaste. Your dentist recommends you use a normal fluoride based toothpaste. You should speak with Dr. Hector Menendez to discuss whitening treatments.

The average person only spends less than a minute brushing their teeth. It’s important to try to brush for the recommended time of at least two minutes each time, in order to make sure the teeth are properly cleaned. It may seem like a long time, but it’s worth it for the long-term benefits of having a healthy smile!

If you have any questions on brushing, please call 732-937-9595 to reach Hector G. Menendez, DMD in New Brunswick, New Jersey, today.