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Brushing teeth seems to be second nature to most that were taught of its importance from a young age. For some, it has become something they are so comfortable doing that they have forgotten proper technique.

Here are some tips that will help you re-evaluate your tooth-brushing habits

  1. Choose the Right Tool – How do you know if you are using the right toothbrush? “Think about the size of your mouth,” said Richard H. Price, DMD, of the American Dental Association. “If you are straining to open wide enough to let the brush in, then the brush is probably too big. It should feel good in your mouth and hand so you’ll use it often.”
  1. Give it Time – Make it a priority to brush two times per day for at least two minutes. Most people don’t reach this goal, though. Price suggests that splitting up your mouth into four sections and brushing each section for 30 seconds.
  1. Don’t Overdo It – Brushing more than the recommended two times per day may lead to the wearing down of enamel, making your mouth more prone to cavities.
  1. Keep it Clean – Always rinse your brush when you are done brushing your teeth. Rinsing and air drying your toothbrush is the most convenient, practical solution to removing germs form your toothbrush.
  1. Let it Go – The ADA suggests that toothbrushes be replaced every three or four months. Once the bristles on the brush lose their flexibility and start to break apart, it is time to replace.