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Oregon, OH 43616
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Teeth Basics Brushing

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You should brush your teeth thoroughly at least twice a day to remove plaque and to prevent tooth decay. Follow the steps below for proper brushing.

  1. Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gum.
  2. Brush gently in a circular motion.
  3. Brush the outer, inner, and chewing surfaces of each tooth.
  4. Use the tip of your brush for the inner surface of your front teeth.

It requires about 3-4 minutes to properly brush all the surfaces of your teeth. Remember, it's not how often you brush your teeth that is important. It's how efficient you are when you do brush them. Most people miss the same tooth surfaces each time when they brush. This is an invitation for cavities and gum disease to begin.

For most people with good oral health, oral rinses or irrigators (water-pik), are not necessary. They do not remove plaque, therefore, they do not replace proper brushing and flossing.