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You know that brushing your teeth is incredibly important for your oral health, but you may still have questions about the proper way to brush your teeth and how to choose the right tools. That is where our dentist and team can help.

What Is the Correct Way to Brush My Teeth?
It may come as a surprise that properly brushing the teeth takes at least two minutes. Try using a stopwatch or watching a two-minute video to ensure that you brush long enough. When brushing, tilt the brush at a 45-degree angle and use gentle strokes. Be sure to brush all surfaces of the teeth. Take extra care around the gumline, the back teeth, and dental restorations. Brush your tongue from back to front to remove bacteria and freshen your breath.

What Type of Toothbrush Is Best?
Soft-bristled toothbrushes can effectively remove plaque and debris from the teeth and are gentler on the tooth enamel than medium- or hard-bristled toothbrushes. Choose a toothbrush with a small head in order to easily brush all areas of the mouth. An electric toothbrush may help you achieve a thorough brushing, but a manual toothbrush may be sufficient for your needs.

Which Type of Toothpaste Should I Use?
Choose the type of toothpaste that’s best for your specific oral health. There is a variety of toothpaste types that help with different oral health conditions. We generally suggest that you choose a toothpaste that contains fluoride. For further advice, speak to Dr. Edford Clark and our team.

We invite you to contact Edford L. Clark, DMD at 606-886-4260 today to learn more about dental hygiene in Prestonburg, Kentucky, and to set up your next appointment. We are more than happy to answer any questions that you may have.