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You know that brushing your teeth is incredibly important for your oral health, but you may still have questions about the correct way to brush your teeth and how to choose the right tools. That is where our dentist and team can help.

What Is the Correct Way to Brush My Teeth?

It may come as a surprise that properly brushing the teeth takes at least two minutes. Try using a stopwatch or watching a two-minute video to ensure that you brush long enough. When brushing, tilt the brush at a 45-degree angle and use short, gentle strokes. Be sure to brush all surfaces of the teeth. Take extra care around the gumline, the back teeth, and dental restorations. Brush your tongue from back to front to remove bacteria and freshen your breath.

What Type of Toothbrush Is Best?

Soft-bristled toothbrushes can effectively remove plaque and debris from the teeth and are gentler on the tooth enamel than medium- or hard-bristled toothbrushes. Choose a toothbrush with a small head, as they can easily reach all areas of the mouth. We may recommend that you choose an electric toothbrush, but a manual toothbrush may be sufficient for your needs.

Which Type of Toothpaste Should I Use?

Choose the type of toothpaste that’s best for your specific oral health. There is a variety of toothpaste types that help with different oral health conditions. We generally suggest that you choose a toothpaste that contains fluoride. For further advice, talk to Dr. Caesar Ciaglia and our team.

For more information about dental hygiene in New Lenox, Illinois, and to schedule your next visit, contact New Lenox Dental Group at 815-485-2345 today.