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We can’t emphasize enough how important it is that you brush your teeth twice every day. While toothbrushing does not affect the gums as directly as a daily flossing habit, it’s still crucial to maintaining excellent oral hygiene that keeps gum disease at bay. We offer tips on proper tooth brushing and choosing a toothbrush to help you enjoy healthy and beautiful gums.

When you have poor oral health habits, you are risking the conversion of food particles and plaque into a hardened substance known as tartar, which is one of the causes of gum disease.

Your daily tooth brushing routine should include a well-made and soft-bristled toothbrush and a fluoride toothpaste so that you can properly and gently clean your teeth and gums. Clean one tooth at a time by maneuvering your toothbrush in small, circular motions, and be sure to address every side of the tooth. Overall, a proper tooth brushing routine lasts two to three minutes to ensure you clean every area of your smile.

When a toothbrush becomes worn and develops bent, frayed bristles, it reduces the quality of your tooth brushing technique and makes tooth brushing less effective against gum disease. Every three to four months, discard your toothbrush in favor of a new and more hygienic one.

You can make the process of buying a new toothbrush easy by knowing what to look for. Your toothbrush should fit comfortably in your hand and bear the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. This small but important logo proves the safety and efficacy of the product, which has undergone thorough testing.

Please schedule an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Kevin Oakes, if you are concerned about improving your gum health in Frederick, Maryland. You can contact Dental Arts of Frederick at 301-663-5552 today.