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Brushing your teeth is the foundation of good oral hygiene. Along with its companion, flossing, brushing removes plaque from teeth. Let’s explore how to brush well for oral health.

First, realize that toothbrushes should only be kept for 3-4 months. The brush (or electric brush head) should be replaced, even if it looks “fine.” It should be replaced earlier if it appears frayed or worn.

Second, choose a soft-bristled toothbrush that has earned the ADA Seal of Acceptance. This seal guarantees a quality product that is both safe and effective. Choosing a soft-bristled brush prevents the damage done by stiff brushes to your enamel and gum tissues.

Third, make sure your technique is on point. Place the brush at a 45* angle to the gums, and brush gently using short, back-and-forth strokes. Think more that you are “massaging” your teeth and gums, rather than “scrubbing” them. Do this for two minutes. This removes the plaque and debris from teeth without damaging enamel and gum tissues.

Lastly, support your brushing habit with other oral hygiene habits: flossing once a day for two to three minutes, using a mouthwash if you so choose and visiting the dentist twice a year. To schedule an appointment in Leawood, Kansas, call Gordon Dental of Leawood at (913) 649-5017. Dr. Gordon and our team look forward to seeing you!