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You’ve been brushing your teeth since you were a child. But how is your technique? Still like it was when you were a child? Let’s take a look at the proper way to brush your teeth.

Place the toothbrush with the bristles against the teeth at a 45* angle to the gums. Make short, tooth-wide strokes back and forth. Use gentle pressure. Some people use a lot of pressure on the toothbrush, thinking this will get their teeth cleaner. However, rough scrubbing on teeth only rips up the gums and puts tiny scratches in the tooth enamel. Stick with gentle brushing for 2 full minutes twice a day, and you’ll be fine. Brush the inside, outside, and chewing surfaces of each tooth.

Start with a clean toothbrush. To keep your toothbrush as clean as possible, rinse it off with plain running water after each use, to remove food particles and other debris. Store it upright, in an open, well-ventilated area. This reduces bacterial growth on your toothbrush. Toothbrushes should not be used for more than 3-4 months.

Never share toothbrushes, and never use your toothbrush for anything other than brushing your own teeth. For more information or to set an appointment, call Monte Vista Dental in Turlock, California, at 209.669.6500. Dr. Param Gill and our team look forward to making your smile shine!