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You’ve been told to brush your teeth twice a day since you were a child. Is it time to brush up on your brushing technique?

Firstly, you really should brush twice a day. It should take about two minutes each session. If you are having trouble spending that much time on your teeth, try setting a timer, or playing a favorite song for two minutes. Before you know it, the two minutes will be up and your smile will be clean and happy.

Secondly, be sure to use consistent, gentle pressure when brushing. Brushing too hard doesn’t actually remove plaque more effectively; rather, it scrapes the enamel of your teeth and can irritate gums. Use gentle pressure and short, back-and-forth strokes.

Thirdly, it’s important to use the right tools when brushing your teeth. The most important of these tools is your toothbrush. Choose a soft-bristled, ADA-approved toothbrush. The ADA Seal of Acceptance is granted to products that have passed rigorous testing for both safety and effectiveness. On a toothbrush, this symbol would indicate that it has been designed to keep your mouth as clean as possible, with minimal damage to your teeth and gums. Hard-bristled toothbrushes can scrape your gums and damage your tooth enamel, thus, ADA-approved toothbrushes have soft bristles.

Lastly, support your toothbrushing habit by flossing once a day for 2-3 minutes each session. Use ADA-approved floss, and make sure to get in between every tooth–including behind the back teeth!

Remember to schedule your regular dental checkup and professional cleaning! This will help catch any problems early, and help keep tartar away from your teeth. If you are in the Richmond Hill, Georgia area, be sure to call Copenhaver Dental at 912-756-2936 to schedule your next appointment! Dr. Philip Copenhaver and our team will be happy to help keep your smile bright!