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Brushing your teeth is one of those things you have been doing for years. In fact, you’ve probably been doing it for so long that you don’t even think about it anymore. You may think that all you need to do is put some toothpaste on your brush, scrub your teeth, and then start your day or head to bed. Actually, brushing your teeth is slightly more involved than that, but don’t worry, it isn’t too involved.

Make sure that the bristles of your toothbrush are in good shape and not worn. If your bristles are looking flat, or you have had your toothbrush for more than three months, it is time for a new one. Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle. Brush the outsides of your upper and then lower teeth, and then repeat for the insides. You should also clean the biting and chewing surfaces of your teeth. To reach the insides of your front teeth, hold your toothbrush vertically and use short up-and-down strokes. While you have your toothbrush out, you should brush your tongue, scrubbing from the back to the front across the top and on the sides, to remove the bacteria that cause bad breath. Rinse your mouth thoroughly when you are done. You should spend two minutes brushing your teeth, and if you brush after your meals, wait for 30 minutes to allow your saliva to wash away bacteria and neutralize the acids in your mouth.

It only takes a little practice to become a brushing pro, and if you have questions, our dentist, Dr. Karl Schneck will be happy to help. Part of taking care of your teeth is seeing your dentist at least twice a year for your regular cleanings and exams. If it is time for your appointment, call 541-779-4344 today at Karl E. Schneck, DDS, PC. We’re looking forward to seeing you soon!