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Most people are pretty good at brushing their teeth every day. It is a fairly ingrained habit for them. But as with all habits, the more one does it, the more accustomed one gets to the activity, and the more robotic it becomes. It is important to keep improving one’s tooth brushing habits in order to maintain great oral health. Here are some tips.

– Use a good brush. Not all toothbrushes are created equal. Some are excellent, while others are quite mediocre. Look for a quality brush with softer bristles. Stiff bristles can damage both teeth and gums. Consider the size of the brush head and your mouth. You might also look into electric brushes, especially if arthritis makes brushing difficult.

– Take time. Even if you brush twice a day, you may not brush for long enough. It is recommended you take at least 2 minutes every time you brush. This might seem like a long time at first, especially for children, but taking your time will help ensure an effective brushing.

– Don’t brush too hard. Removing plaque isn’t the painfully rigorous process some people think it is. In fact, it can be done fairly gently. If you brush too hard, you risk damage to teeth, restorations, and gums. Use gentle motions rather than hard back-and-forths.

The better you brush, the better your oral health will be. Effective brushing practices can prevent tooth decay and gum disease. To learn more about improving your oral hygiene, please call Prime Family Dental Care at our Laveen, AZ, office today. We look forward to talking with you!