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Your healthy smile deserves the best care you can provide. Your smile works hard for you, speaking, chewing, and even helping you digest your food. Treating your smile well means brushing your teeth every day, without fail. This essential oral hygiene step removes harmful plaque and food particles from your mouth, helping you avoid tooth decay and gum disease. Today our dentists, Dr. Raquel Wright and Dr. Navaneetha Natchimuthu, are pleased to review with you the basics of toothbrush care.

Your toothbrush: Choosing ADA approved tools for your smile means they are both safe and effective while doing what they say they can do. A good toothbrush will protect your pearly whites and your gum health. Choose a soft-bristled toothbrush which fits comfortably in your mouth to reach all the areas that need to be cleaned. We recommend a fluoride toothpaste if you are prone to cavities, and a desensitizing toothpaste if you have issues with tooth sensitivity.

Brushing times: You should thoroughly and carefully brush your teeth for at least two minutes two times a day. Brushing more than that can be hard on tooth enamel and the gums, and brushing less than that may leave you with bacterial residue that can harm your smile.

Toothbrush care: Each time after you brush, take a moment to thoroughly rinse your toothbrush with water to remove oral debris and bacterial residue. Next, be sure to store it upright in a toothbrush holder and keep it away from other surfaces, especially another toothbrush. It is important to air dry your toothbrush between each use and to avoid contaminating it. You should replace your toothbrush every 3-4, unless it is fraying, then go ahead and replace it sooner.

If you would like to know more about oral hygiene care, or if you need to schedule a visit with our dental team in Dallas, Texas, please call 214.635.2810 today. Our Smiley Dental Webb Chapel team is happy to help you with all of your smile care needs!