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Most people are pretty good about brushing regularly. It fits right in with the rest of their morning and evening routines. But routine activities can become so, well, routine, that they can lose some of their effectiveness. Here are some tips to help you brush a little better.

One thing you can do is to simply shake up the routine. For example, most people tend to start brushing in the same place every time. This makes it easy to rely on muscle memory and kind of tune out while brushing. But this also makes it easy to regularly miss areas in the mouth, and plaque can build up. By intentionally starting in a different place, it helps you be a little more thorough and thoughtful while brushing.

Another common part of that normal routine is to not brush for long enough. It is recommended that people take at least 2 minutes for each brushing, but many take less than one. It may seem a long time, but these extra moments really allow for effective cleaning.

Without proper brushing technique, these other tips don’t mean much. You should avoid hard side-to-side strokes, as these can miss a lot of tooth area and damage gums. Instead, hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gums and use short, gentle up-and-down motions. This will remove more plaque and better prevent cavities and gum disease.

Your total oral health is our top priority at Canton Dental Clinic. If you would like to speak with Dr. Chris Freed about an oral hygiene plan or want to schedule an appointment, please call our Canton, SD, office today.