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    5 Ways to Brush Better

    Brushing your teeth is like riding a bike… minus the wheels and pedaling and constantly burning thighs. But as easy as it is, we sometimes neglect some brushing basics. Brush up on your brushing habits with these 5 tips.

    TAKE YOUR TIME

    Make sure you spend enough time cleaning your teeth the right way. For the best results, you should brush for at least 2 minutes, focusing on the gum line, with your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle.

    USE A PEA-SIZED AMOUNT OF TOOTHPASTE
    There’s a common misconception that you must cover the entire brushing surface of your toothbrush with toothpaste. However, it’s only necessary to use about a pea-sized dab each time you brush your teeth. Be sure to use an American Dental Association-accepted fluoride toothpaste too—it doesn’t matter which brand or flavor.

    GRIP IT RIGHT
    Hold your toothbrush gently, using only your thumb and forefinger. Hard brushing can cause your gums to recede and damage tooth enamel and root surfaces, which might lead to tooth sensitivity.

    BE THOROUGH
    Brush the outer tooth surfaces, the inner tooth surfaces and the chewing surfaces of the teeth. When cleaning the inside surfaces of the front teeth, use the “toe” of the brush and apply a gentle-up-and-down stroke. Don’t forget to brush your tongue to remove bacteria, too!

    UPGRADE CONSTANTLY
    It’s recommended you brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush. It’s also recommended you replace that toothbrush every three or four months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed. Also, toss out and replace your toothbrush after illness.

    Use these tips for a happier, healthier smile.