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Do you make brushing your teeth a habit? Do you floss your teeth every day? Do you make a point of visiting your dentist once every six months? If you do, good for you! But do you ever wonder if there’s anything else you can do for your teeth? If so, we have news for you. There are many little things that 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.

Finally, it is extremely important you care for your toothbrush properly. You should replace your toothbrush at least once every four months, and your brush should be left out to air dry in an open space after each use.

If you have any questions or concerns, Dr. Paul L. Evans and our team will be happy to answer them. Just contact Paul L. Evans, DDS at 530.273.4442. We are eager to receive your call.