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The first step to properly brushing your teeth is to select the right tooth brush. A brush with soft bristles and a small head is best for the majority of the population.

Next is choosing the right a toothpaste that includes Fluoride (unless your Dentist suggests something different for your specific needs). We suggest Colgate Total and Crest Multicare. Usually a pea-sized amount of toothpaste is sufficient for a thorough cleaning.

It is best to brush your teeth after every meal, but if that is not possible, brushing after breakfast and before going to bed is acceptable. Be sure to brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes, with 4 minutes being optimum,

To properly brush your teeth, hold your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle. slanted toward the teeth and gums, with the bristles gently pressed against the gums so the bristles go between the teeth and gums. Gently sweep the brush down 6 to 10 times on all your teeth to remove any plaque. While brushing the chewing surfaces of your teeth, use shorter strokes to worked plaque out of the grooves. Finally, hold your tooth brush vertically to properly brush the backs of your teeth.

Flossing is a vital step in your oral health routine as it cleans the surface between your teeth that are not accessible by a tooth brush alone.
Multiple studies have been performed comparing the effectiveness of manual and electric toothbrushes. All of these studies have formed a single conclusion of the electric toothbrush's obvious success over its manual counterpart. Read more...
The cause of bad breath can usually be found in the mouth and your Dentist can help confirm what exactly is causing the offensive scent. The most typical causes Of bad breath include: bacteria growth on the tongue, food stuck in the teeth or not brushing properly.
Sugary and acidic foods are your teeth's worst enemy. The best way to avoid cavities is to limit (or totally eliminate) your sugar intake. This is good for your oral health and your general health as well.
Scientists have confirmed the positive benefits of fluoride in regards to the strengthening of teeth and the reduction of tooth decay. Fluoride, which is usually in your drinking water, is absorbed by a child’s body and integrates itself into the structure of the teeth’s enamel as the child grows and their teeth erupt. This makes the teeth stronger and reduces their chance of tooth decay later in life.