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Brushing your teeth is something you have done from a very early age. You’ve probably done it so many times that you don’t even have to think about it anymore. But, as simple as brushing may seem, it does take a little technique and a little more effort than you might think.

You need to make sure that you have a toothbrush with soft bristles that are in good shape, and not flattened or worn down. The head should be small enough to reach each of your teeth. You should also use a fluoride toothpaste.

Ideally, you should brush thirty minutes after every meal. You need to wait that long in order to give the saliva in your mouth time to neutralize the acids from your food. But at the least, you should brush at least twice a day. You need to spend about two minutes brushing to do a thorough job. Many people don’t spend anywhere near that amount of time, so you may need to time yourself for a while until you get the timing down.

Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your teeth. Brush the fronts, the backs, and the chewing and biting surfaces of your teeth. To clean the insides of your front teeth, hold your toothbrush vertically and brush in short, up-and-down strokes. When you are finished, you may want to brush your tongue, since it contains bacteria that cause bad breath. Start at the back of your tongue and work your way forward.

Of course, good brushing is just one part of your dental regimen. You should also floss your teeth at least once a day, and see your dentist for your regular cleanings and exams. If it is time for your appointment, then you should plan a visit with our dentist, Dr. Steve Hong & Dennis Fee at Philadelphia Dental Associates in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. To make an appointment, call 215-564-9010 today!