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Though the basic concept of tooth brushing is a simple one, many patients don’t reap the benefits of a proper teeth cleaning because they aren’t using effective methods. Our team proudly offers the four t’s of toothbrushing–four tips to help you boost your habit of brushing your teeth:

1. Touch: While it may seem that firmly scrubbing your teeth is the best way clean plaque off your smile, this can actually damage your tooth enamel and cause your gums to recede. Use a gentle touch instead. You may want to try holding your soft-bristled toothbrush like a pencil to help you adapt to the proper amount of pressure.

2. Technique: To ensure your technique is optimal for plaque removal, angle your toothbrush 45 degrees and brush along the gum line in short circular motions. Begin at outer smile and progress to the back, then the chewing surfaces, and finally your tongue, addressing every tooth.

3. Time: Brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes to ensure you have time to clean every section of your teeth.

4. Toothbrush: You may want to consider switching to an electric toothbrush, as many patients find the small rotating heads to be more effective than manual toothbrushes.

To learn more about the importance of proper tooth brushing and to discuss the efficacy of your technique with Dr. Tao Sun in Costa Mesa, California, contact Tao Sun, DDS at 949-645-8887 today and request a visit with our dentist.