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Caring for your teeth begins every time you brush. Because food particles can do their damage in our mouths simply by lingering around, it is important to routinely clean our mouths of the debris and bacteria that can get left behind from meals. The recommended amount of brushing per day is twice daily for at least two minutes each time. Never rush your brushing, and always ensure that all areas of every tooth’s surface have been cleaned.

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 Riverfront Dental LLC can assist you.

Riverfront Dental LLC wants your teeth to shine this year. If you are interested in a professional cleaning from Dr. Scott Howe, please contact our office in Salem, Oregon, by calling us at 503.370.7651. Let us help you make your smile even better!