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Growing up, you were probably told to brush your teeth on a regular basis, but did you know that there is a right and wrong way to do it? Did you know if you brush incorrectly you can actually damage your smile? We would like to provide you with a quick guide on how to properly brush your teeth properly to help you have a healthy and beautiful smile.

What do I need to brush?
-First, you need to have the right kind of toothbrush to match what you’re looking for.
-If you want to clean the hard-to-reach areas of your mouth, you may want to use a small-headed brush.
-If removing plaque is your priority, a toothbrush that has soft bristles should be able to do the job.

How frequently should I brush?
The American Dental Association, or ADA, has recommended that you brush teeth at least two times each day for two minutes. If you need help reaching this goal, you could get a tooth brush with an automatic timer, or you could set a timer of your own.

How do I brush?
-You should keep your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle while brushing and use short, but precise strokes to clean the surfaces of your teeth.
-Your brush should be moving in gentle back and forth motions.
-Using these techniques can help prevent you from accidentally harming your mouth.
-While you’re at it, don’t forget to clean your tongue. This can help your oral health, and it can keep your breath smelling fresh at the same time.

If you would like to make an appointment with Dr. George Daszko, or to get more information on brushing your teeth, please call The Artful Dentist at 512-288-6444. We are thrilled to help those living in and around the Austin, Texas, area with their dental health.