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Taking good care of your teeth will help you have a smile you can be proud of. Proper oral hygiene is essential to a healthy smile and brushing your teeth removes dental plaque and food particles which can otherwise lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Today, Dr. Alexis LaRose would like to give you some helpful tips to encourage brushing properly.

#1 How good is your toothbrush? Keeping your smile safe depends on using the proper tools. To clean tooth enamel, you want to avoid abrasive materials or wearing down the gum tissue around the teeth. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and make sure it fits your mouth comfortably while cleaning. If you are prone to cavities, you can use a fluoride toothpaste to protect the enamel. We also recommend using ADA (American Dental Association) products which are proven to be both safe and effective.

#2 How long are you brushing? A good rule of thumb is brushing carefully for two minutes twice each day. Brushing longer can wear down tooth enamel and gum tissue, and brushing less may not effectively remove plaque and oral debris.

#3 How well are you caring for your toothbrush? After each use rinse thoroughly to remove germs and food particles. Store it upright in a toothbrush holder and avoid touching other surfaces, such as other toothbrushes, letting it dry between uses. Replace your toothbrush as it begins to fray or every 3-4 months.

If you have any questions on tooth brushing in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, please call our office at 208-966-6054. Our Kootenai Family Dental team is happy to help keep your smile healthy and strong!