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We know that brushing teeth is the foundation for good oral health. But if you have improper technique, it can lead to an ineffective routine. At best, this is a waste of time, and at worst, it can actually do active damage to your smile. Here are some common questions asked about brushing teeth that we think may help you keep the strong and healthy smile you desire.

-Why should I brush my teeth?

Brushing your teeth removes food particles, plaque and debris from the surfaces of your teeth. Plaque is a sticky film made of living bacteria. These bacteria produce an acidic byproduct which wears away at your enamel. Brushing your teeth helps prevent erosion of the enamel, and makes your mouth less prone to issues such as gum disease and bad breath.

-How often should I brush my teeth?

You should brush your teeth twice a day, for two minutes per session. Many people choose to brush once in the morning and once at night. Be cautious of brushing right after eating, however, as that can damage your tooth enamel. Wait at least 30 minutes after eating before brushing.

-What is the proper technique for brushing teeth?

Great question! First, you should use a toothbrush that is no more than three to four months old. Make sure it is a soft-bristled toothbrush, and use gentle, back-and-forth strokes to brush plaque and food away from teeth. Brush for two minutes. Some people find it helpful to set a series of four 30-second timers, one for each quadrant of the mouth, to ensure a thorough clean.

For more information, call Carey Dentistry in Houston, Texas, at 281-859-5637. Dr. Deborah Carey and our team are happy to help!