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Brushing your teeth is such a frequent activity that the habit can become mindless. While almost any toothbrushing habit is a very good thing, occasionally we need to brush up on our brushing technique. Doing so makes sure we treat our teeth and gums the best way possible.

Choose a toothbrush with soft bristles. Brushes with hard bristles can be rough on your teeth and weaken tooth enamel. If you are tired of your traditional toothbrush, try an electric one! Some even come with timers, to ensure you are getting your full two minutes of teeth-cleaning in every session.

Don’t use a contaminated toothbrush. There are many ways to contaminate your toothbrush, but three common one deserve mention. First, never share toothbrushes. Toothbrush sharing leads to serious cross-contamination, spreading bacteria and disease from person to person. The second common contamination method is letting toothbrushes touch. Always try to store your toothbrush upright, separately from other brushes in a well-ventilated area. The third contamination process is using the toothbrush for cleaning or other activities. Never use your toothbrush for anything other than brushing your own teeth.

Keeping your teeth clean ensures bacteria and harmful acids will be unable to damage your smile.To schedule an appointment in Peoria, Arizona, call Pleasant Valley Dentistry at 623-561-1470. Dr. Tovar and our team look forward to seeing you!