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Brushing your teeth is an indispensable part of good oral hygiene. And fortunately, most people do a pretty good job. But as with any habitual action, we can get a little slack about brushing technique, even if we always brush twice a day. Here are some tips to help you make your brushing more effective.

– Your toothbrush. Price and the color of the handle shouldn’t be the only elements you consider when buying a toothbrush. You should also think about things like the size of your mouth and the brush head. Brushes with stiff bristles can actually damage gums, so opt for a softer one. You don’t have to excoriate your mouth to clean it. An electric brush can be great for people with arthritis or other hand trouble, but a manual can be just as effective.

– Taking time. Most people remember to brush two times a day, but many don’t do it for long enough. You should be brushing for at least 2 minutes each time. This can seem like quite a long time, so you might consider a “divide and conquer” method, spending 30 seconds each on four quadrants.

– Back off. Brushing too much or too hard can wear down enamel and damage gums. It doesn’t take very much force to remove plaque. A lighter touch is quite sufficient.

Better oral hygiene leads to better oral health. Taking a moment to re-evaluate your brushing habits can help you brush better. For specific recommendations, we invite you to call Dr. Eric Eusebio at Smiles of East Lake today.