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Brushing your teeth is straightforward, right? Toothpaste squeeze to brush, brush in mouth, scrub-a-dub-dub, done. Right? Believe it or not, it turns out that brushing effectively is more complicated than that. It’s imperative to understand the right method to brush so you can protect your dental health from bacterial acids that can cause cavities and tooth erosion. Dr. Kevin Caldwell put together a few tips for you so that you can brush more effectively:

-When brushing, tilt the toothbrush head to a 45-degree tilt against your gums, then roll the brush away in an outward wave. Removing debris is key to preserving robust oral health; when food remnants remain between your teeth, they harbor cavity-causing bacteria and acids. Utilize this technique to brush away debris.

-Sweep both the outsides and insides of your teeth, and also brush the chewing surfaces of your teeth. Ensuring that you hit every spot of your teeth can be difficult, so brush in this sequence to ensure you’re scrubbing each area of them. Use the sweeping motion to brush every tooth.

-Don’t forget to brush your tongue. Brushing your tongue can help you freshen breath, but it also displaces bacteria from your oral cavity. A brushing benefit that sustains your oral health and also ups your social game? Cool!

If you’d like to learn more about right method to brush your teeth, please give our Webb City, Missouri, office a call at 417.673.1988. Our dentist and team want you to have the best teeth and brightest smile you possibly can! We’ll see you soon!