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Brush Like A Pro

You know that brushing your teeth is an essential part of your dental care routine. It results in healthy teeth and gums, fresh breath, a brighter smile — and it is also important for your general health (remember, your oral health is linked to your overall health!). For your healthiest smile, check out these pro tips! 


  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush.
    • For babies, you can start brushing your infant’s gums at birth with an infant toothbrush or a damp washcloth. Start brushing your baby’s teeth as soon as they emerge above the gum line.
  • Brush twice a day for two minutes (2 x 2!).
  • Use a fluoride toothpaste:
    • 0-3 years old — use a tiny smear, the size of a grain of rice.
    • 3-years old to adults — use a pea-sized amount.
  • Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months (try switching it out with the seasons!) or sooner if the bristles become frayed or broken. 


The American Dental Association recommends the following to achieve your best brushing: 

  • Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gums.
  • Gently brush back in forth in short strokes (brushing hard can actually damage your gums – be gentle!). 
  • Be sure to brush the outer, inner, and chewing surfaces of the teeth.
  • Pro Tip: To clean on the inside of your front teeth, try holding your toothbrush vertically and brushing up and down. 
  • Don’t forget to brush the surface of your tongue; this helps remove bacteria and help keep your breath fresh!
  • Manual or electric toothbrush? It doesn’t matter – both are effective. Talk to us about your brushing habits and needs at your next appointment to figure out what’s best for you. 


You’ve got the brushing down like a pro now! For a complete oral care routine, be sure to: 

  • Clean between your teeth daily (don’t like traditional floss? Try a waterpik). 
  • Eat a balanced diet; try to limit snacking and sugary foods and beverages. 
  • Drink water with fluoride. 
  • Keep up with your regular dental check-ups. 

Have specific questions regarding your dental routine? Let us know! 

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