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You’ve been taking care of your teeth for years, but would you be surprised to learn that even if you brush and floss every day, there may be a few things you could do a little better?

For instance, would you be surprised to learn that your brush could actually be damaging your teeth? Or that if you brush too vigorously you could be causing damage? Similarly, if you’re brushing hard enough to remove all your plaque—including the plaque along your gum line—you’re probably brushing harder than you should. Instead, please floss to remove the plaque near your gums. Also, did you know that you should buy a new toothbrush every three or four months? When choosing your new toothbrush, please choose one with soft bristles and a head you can navigate comfortably in your mouth.

Similarly, the toothpaste you use is important. For example, while there isn’t anything wrong with whitening toothpaste, it won’t help you fight tooth decay. To prevent this problem, alternate your whitening toothpaste with one containing fluoride.

Finally, do you spit your toothpaste out then rinse your mouth when you’re done brushing? If so, you’re right to spit your toothpaste out, but would you be surprised to learn that you don’t need to rinse your mouth out? Rinsing won’t hurt your teeth, but the more time your teeth stay in contact with fluoride the better.

If you follow this advice, you’ll be able to get the most out of brushing. If you would like to learn more about the best way to brush, please don’t hesitate to contact BR Dental Care at 225-753-5885. Dr. Carlos M. Suadi and our team are eager to hear from you.