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You have been brushing your teeth for a long time. So long in fact that you probably don’t even give is a second thought. You put a little toothpaste on the brush, scrub your teeth, and you’re good to go, right? Well, not quite. While brushing your teeth is not the most complicated thing you will do all day, it does take a little technique and effort. But don’t worry, it doesn’t take that much effort.

Your toothbrush should have soft bristles that aren’t worn down or flattened. If the bristles are damaged, or if you have had your toothbrush for more than three months, you will need to get a new one. Kids often brush with more energy than adults, so they may need a new toothbrush more often. You should brush your teeth at least two times a day. It’s a great idea to brush your teeth after meals, but you should wait for 30 minutes after you eat in order to give the saliva in your mouth time to neutralize and wash away the acids from your foods. How much time are you spending on brushing?

To do a good job, you need to take two minutes to clean your teeth. You may have to time yourself for a few days until you get in the groove. Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your teeth. Clean the outsides of your upper teeth, and then your bottom teeth. Then, do the same thing for the insides of your teeth. To clean the insides of your front teeth, hold your toothbrush vertically. As long as you have your toothbrush out, brush your tongue as well. Gently scrub the top and the sides of your tongue working from the back to the front. When you are finished, be sure to rinse your mouth well.

The need for good brushing can’t be understated, but remember that it is only part of taking care of your teeth. It is also extremely important that you see your dentist for your regular cleanings and exams. If it is time for your checkup, or if you are just looking for a dentist for your family, why not plan a visit with our dentist, Dr. George Ghaly? If you live in the Westborough, Massachusetts, area and would like to schedule an appointment at George Ghaly, DDS, call 508-366-1911 today.