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When it comes to oral hygiene, no one is completely perfect. There is always something we can do to make our own personal routine a little better. This may involve using a better mouth rinse or practicing your flossing. Today, we want to talk about 3 simple things you can do to brush better.

First, think about the way you start. Many people start in the same place every time. While there is nothing necessarily wrong with this, it does make it easier for muscle memory to take over. Getting locked into too much of a routine can make it easier to miss areas consistently. Varying where you begin is a subtle way to keep your head in your brushing game.

While you are shaking up your routine, start keeping track of how long you usually take. It is recommended that you take at least 2 minutes every time, but many people take less than one. 2 minutes can seem like a long time, especially for children, but the extra time is that much more beneficial.

Finally, take a look at how you are using your brush. Avoid long, hard strokes as these can harm the gums and miss areas of the teeth. Instead, use smaller strokes holding the brush at a 45-degree angle to the gums. You don’t need to brush hard to remove plaque.

By making these minor adjustments, you can improve the quality of your brushing and overall oral health. To learn more about how to take great care of your teeth or to schedule an appointment at Legacy Smiles Family Dental, please call our Meridian, ID, dental office today.