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We’ve heard it before, now we’ll hear it again: brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes, and floss once daily. We know that is the foundation for great oral hygiene. But what about the proper way to brush? Too many of us assume that a tough-bristled toothbrush and lots of abrasive toothpaste are the way to go, to scour the plaque off our teeth. Right?

Wrong. The tools you use make a difference in your smile, and choosing the wrong ones can do a lot of damage. Let’s review the basics of toothbrushes and toothpastes.

First, choose a very soft bristled toothbrush. Medium to hard-bristled brushes will scrape and damage your enamel, which can open your teeth up to infection and decay. Use gentle pressure when brushing–think “massage” rather than “scrub.” Brush for two minutes each session; repeat twice a day.

There are many factors to consider as you decide on the toothpaste you will use. If you struggle with frequent tooth sensitivity or tooth decay, a fluoride toothpaste may be an excellent choice for you. It can help fortify enamel and reduce your risk of sensitivity and decay.

A whitening toothpaste can be beneficial to reduce surface stains; however, it is most efficient at maintaining tooth color after a professional whitening treatment.

For more information, call Chet B. Hawkins DDS Inc in Houston, Texas, at 281-488-4242. Dr. Chet B. Hawkins and our team are happy to recommend tools for at-home dental hygiene.