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Do you ever wonder if you brush your teeth right? Naturally, most people develop habits, but do you ever wonder if there is anything you could improve? In fact, there are many little things that many people don’t seem to know about tooth brushing.

For example, you probably know that you should brush twice a day—but did you know that you should start in a different section of your mouth each time. If you overlook this important step, you may miss certain areas. By switching where you start brushing, you’re more likely to reach these areas.

Similarly, did you know you won’t be able to brush properly without the right toothbrush? You should find a brush with softer bristles or you could unintentionally damage your gums or enamel. On a similar note, you should brush for two minutes at a time, but not longer. If you brush for longer than two minutes, you could irritate your gums. Also, please remember to brush in circular motions. Brushing from side to side can also damage your gums.

Lastly, you’ll need to care for your toothbrush to enjoy the best brushing results. Your toothbrush can accumulate germs as you brush, which is why most dentist recommend purchasing a new toothbrush every three to four months. Similarly, to help your toothbrush last longer, store it upright in a wide open space and allow it to air dry after each use.

If you have any questions or concerns, Dr. Jamine Rogers and our team will be happy to answer them. Just contact Shoals Smile by Design at 256-314-0676. We are eager to receive your call.