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Making a habit out of brushing your teeth is a wonderful thing. It’s the key to a healthy smile. When something becomes a habit, however, we often do it without much thought. This is why it’s a good idea to “brush up” on more effective techniques.

If you are prone to brushing your teeth using wide, straight strokes, then you should know this technique can be harsh to your gums. It also is ineffective when brushing hard to reach places. Try practicing brushing by holding the toothbrush at a 45 degree and gently brushing your teeth in small semi-circular motions. In order to keep your brushing from becoming an unconscious habit, try to switch up where you start brushing.

While most people spend only an average of less than a minute brushing, your dentist recommends that you spend at least two minutes brushing. It may seem like a long time, but it’s worth it to have a thoroughly cleaned smile.

Be careful when selecting your toothpaste. Some toothpaste, especially those that are formulated to whiten teeth, can be abrasive. It’s best to stick with normal fluoride toothpaste. Dr. Vera Matshkalyan can offer you more effective, safer whitening products.

By making effective brushing a habit, you protect your teeth from gum disease and decay. For any questions about brushing or to schedule an appointment, call Kingston Family Dental in Kingston, New Hampshire, at 603-347-1327 today.