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You know that if you’re interested in protecting your oral health, you need to brush and floss your teeth regularly. But would you be surprised to learn that there are a number of things that many Americans could actually do better when it comes to brushing?

If you’re interested in brushing your teeth as effectively as possible, you’ll need to choose a good brush. You should also consider replacing your brush every three or four months. When buying your brush, you’ll need to find one that fits comfortably in your mouth. Doing so will let you reach your back teeth more easily. Choosing a brush with soft bristles is also recommended since brushing too hard, or using a brush with hard bristles, could actually be detrimental. We recommend brushing for two minutes at a time and moving your brush in a circular motion. If you move it up and down, you could scrape and damage your gums.

You should also avoid brushing your teeth right after you eat. You see, food can weaken your enamel for some time. If you brush while your enamel is weakened, you could actually damage it. Fortunately, you can avoid this problem by waiting to brush for about thirty minutes after you eat. After you eat, you can drink water to carry food particles away from your mouth to keep your mouth clean.

If you’re interested in learning more, please don’t hesitate to contact Legacy Smiles Family Dental at 208-888-3311 . Dr. John McMurray and our team will be happy to answer any questions you have and address any of your concerns. We’re excited to hear from you soon!