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You know that brushing your teeth is incredibly important for your oral health, but if you have questions about the correct way to brush your teeth and how to choose the right tools, our dentist and team can help.

What Is the Correct Way to Brush My Teeth?

Properly brushing the teeth takes at least two minutes. Try using a stopwatch or watching a two-minute video to ensure that you brush long enough. When brushing, tilt the brush at a 45-degree angle and use short, gentle strokes. Do not scrub your teeth, as this can damage the enamel. Be sure to brush all surfaces of the teeth. Take extra care around the gumline, the back teeth, and restorations. Brush your tongue from back to front to remove bacteria and freshen your breath.

What Type of Toothbrush Is Best?

Soft-bristled toothbrushes can effectively remove plaque and debris from the teeth and are gentler on the tooth enamel than medium- or hard-bristled toothbrushes. Choose a toothbrush with a small head, as they can easily reach all areas of the mouth. We may suggest that you choose an electric toothbrush, but a manual toothbrush may be sufficient for your needs.

Which Type of Toothpaste Should I Use?

Choose the type of toothpaste that’s best for your specific oral health needs. There is a variety of toothpaste types that help with different oral health conditions, like tooth sensitivity, cavities, and tartar buildup. For more advice, talk to Dr. Sam Cigno and our team.

To learn more about dental hygiene in St. Louis, Missouri, and to set up an appointment, contact Bellefontaine Family Dental at 314-741-5133 today.

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