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Here are a few tips and tricks to get the best possible clean when brushing your teeth.

Toothbrushes are designed to be used for a few months, then tossed out. This means that if your toothbrush is three to four months old or more, it’s time to replace it. Choose a toothbrush that has very soft bristles and has earned the ADA Seal of Acceptance. This seal is located on the packaging of individual products, and indicates that the product has been rigorously tested for both safety and effectiveness.

When brushing, initially place the brush at a 45 degree angle to your gums. Use gentle pressure and tooth-wide, back-and-forth strokes. If you use forceful pressure to scrub away plaque and debris, you may damage your enamel and gum tissues. Use only a small amount of toothpaste. A dollop a little larger than the size of a pea is appropriate for adults. Use a smaller amount for children; children under the age of 3 should only use an amount about the same as a grain of rice.

As you develop your brushing habit, be sure to include flossing. Flossing removes plaque from areas your toothbrush cannot reach, such as in between your teeth and behind your back molars. Flossing is an indispensable part of preventing cavities and gum disease.

For more information or to set an appointment, call Monroe Family Dentistry in Monroe, Michigan, at 734-241-6550.  Drs. Dull and Zemke look forward to seeing you twice a year!