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Chances are, you probably haven’t thought very much about your tooth brushing routine lately. Most people don’t, since it is almost second-nature to them. But because brushing is such an ingrained habit, people can become, well, a little lazy about it. Here are some tips to help you brush a little better.

– Use the right brush. There is much more to the right toothbrush than which superhero is on the handle. You should use a brush that fits well in your mouth, and whose bristles are not too stiff. Stiff bristles can hurt your gums and even damage tooth enamel. If you have problems with your hands or wrists, electric toothbrushes can be a great benefit. But manual brushes, properly used, still get the job done.

– Take long enough. Most people probably don’t spend enough time brushing, even if they do it frequently enough. Each brushing should take at least 2 minutes. People use all kinds of strategies to reach that mark, which can seem interminably long. But spending this time is crucial for a healthy mouth.

– Take it easy, on how hard you brush, that is. In order to remove plaque, you don’t need to use a lot of force. Also, hard back-and-forth motions can hurt gums, so use gentler strokes.

Brushing your teeth effectively is an essential element of overall oral health. To learn more about effective oral hygiene or to schedule an appointment at Red Mountain Family Dental, please call our Mesa, AZ, office today.