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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 correct way to brush your teeth and how to choose the right tools. That is where our dentist and team can help.

How Do I Brush My Teeth Properly?

You may be surprised to learn that properly brushing the teeth takes at least two minutes. When brushing, tilt the brush at a 45-degree angle and use short, 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 plaque and freshen to your breath.

What Type of Toothbrush Should I Choose?

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, as they can easily reach all areas of the mouth. We may recommend that you choose an electric toothbrush, but a manual toothbrush may be sufficient for your needs.

Which Type of Toothpaste Is Best for My Smile?

Choose the type of toothpaste that will best aid your specific oral health. There is a variety of toothpaste types that help with different oral health issues. We suggest that you choose a toothpaste that contains fluoride. Beyond that, choose the toothpaste that suits your needs. For further advice, talk to Dr. Cameron Clark and our team.

For more information about dental hygiene in Kalispell, Montana, and to schedule your next visit, contact Northwest Center for Dentistry at (406) 752-4530.