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The secret to great teeth begins with your brush. Everything from how often you brush to the type of brush you use can have drastic effects on your oral health care. Even the angle at which you brush is important for doing the job adequately.

The first step to a healthy smile is to ensure you are using the right tools for the job. Always look for a toothbrush and toothpaste that have the ADA Seal of Acceptance or have been recommended by your dentist. Be sure the brush head fits comfortably in your mouth and has bristles that are soft enough to not damage your teeth. Brush twice daily for at least two minutes each time.

The proper angle to hold your toothbrush is often considered about 45-degrees to your gums. Brushing from this angle makes contact with the teeth easier and more effective, and it also promotes more brush-to-surface contact. When brushing your front teeth, position your brush vertically for maximum effectiveness.

Your brush strokes should be small and soft. Pushing too hard can cause gum irritation or could be too abrasive to your tooth enamel. Brush your tongue as well to remove bacteria and help fight against halitosis. When finished, be sure to properly store your toothbrush to prevent contamination.

Brushing alone is not enough to protect your teeth, so implement other tools for cleaning between your teeth, such as dental floss or a dentist-approved interdental cleaner. If you ever have any questions regarding your oral health care, our dentist at Garrettsville Dental Group can assist you.

Garrettsville Dental Group wants your teeth to shine this year. If you are interested in a professional cleaning from Dr. Andrew Holpuch, please contact our office in Garrettsville, Ohio, by calling us at 330-527-4313. Let us help you make your smile even better!