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You probably know how important it is to brush your teeth every morning and night, but did you know that many people don’t brush as effectively as they could? In fact, some people consistently miss parts of their mouth altogether. This lets plaque and bacteria work in their mouth overnight. Fortunately, by establishing a few solid oral hygiene habits you can enjoy a healthy smile while you sleep.

One of the most important parts of brushing your teeth is having the right toothbrush. Specifically, you want a toothbrush with a head that isn’t too big for your mouth. In fact, you should be able to navigate your toothbrush easily while brushing. Similarly, you should also have bristles that aren’t too hard. If you do, you could accidentally damage your teeth.

You should also brush for at least two minutes at a time, but not for more than two minutes. If you do, you could damage your teeth. Also, please remember to brush up and down in circular motions, not side to side. Brushing side to side can scrape your gums and cause problems.

You should also remember to brush before you go to bed and after you wake up. While it takes several hours for tartar to form, it’s still a good idea to brush in the morning even though you haven’t eaten for several hours.

Of course, there are a few other things you can do. For example, we strongly recommend flossing every day, though it may also be good to floss every time you floss. Mouthwash can also keep your smile clean, though we recommend choosing a mouthwash that will do more than keep your mouth clean. We recommend speaking with our dentist to find the mouthwash that works best for you.

If you would like to learn more, please feel free to contact us.