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To keep your smile bright, keep your brushing simple. Brush your teeth twice daily for at least 2 minutes each time. Do not over brush or rush your brushing. It’s not a race, nor is it a chore that should be completed as fast as possible. Take your time to clean all parts of your teeth, including the tough to reach places in the back and on the insides of each tooth. As long as you are cleaning safely and effectively, a simple brushing can keep your mouth clean.

The proper angle to hold your toothbrush is often considered about 45-degrees to your gums. Brushing from this angle makes contact with the teeth easier and more effective, and it also promotes more brush-to-surface contact. When brushing your front teeth, position your brush vertically for maximum effectiveness.

Your brush strokes should be small and soft. Pushing too hard can cause gum irritation or could be too abrasive to your tooth enamel. Brush your tongue as well to remove bacteria and help fight against halitosis. When finished, be sure to properly store your toothbrush to prevent contamination.

Brushing alone is not enough to protect your teeth, so implement other tools for cleaning between your teeth, such as dental floss or a dentist-approved interdental cleaner. If you ever have any questions regarding your oral health care, our dentist at Algiers Dental Associates can assist you.

Algiers Dental Associates wants your teeth to shine this year. If you are interested in a professional cleaning from Dr. John Hobgood, please contact our office in New Orleans, Louisiana, by calling us at 504-361-3277. Let us help you make your smile even better!