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Naturally, brushing your teeth is extremely important, but unfortunately, some people don’t brush as well as they could.

For example, did you know you could be damaging your gums if you brush too hard or use a toothbrush with bristles that are too firm? Similarly, did you know that you should buy a new toothbrush every three or four months? Fortunately, choosing a new toothbrush is relatively simple. All you need to do is choose a brush with soft bristles that fits comfortably in your smile.

Similarly, the toothpaste you use is important. For example, while there isn’t anything wrong with whitening toothpaste, it won’t help you fight tooth decay. To prevent this problem, alternate your whitening toothpaste with one containing fluoride.

Finally, do you spit your toothpaste out then rinse your mouth when you’re done brushing? If so, you’re right to spit your toothpaste out, but would you be surprised to learn that you don’t need to rinse your mouth out? Rinsing won’t hurt your teeth, but the more time your teeth stay in contact with fluoride the better.

If you follow this advice, you’ll be able to get the most out of brushing. If you would like to learn more about the best way to brush, please don’t hesitate to contact Scott Thompson, DMD at 802-879-7811. We will be happy you answer any questions you may have. Dr. J. Scott Thompson, DMD and our team are eager to hear from you.