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You know that if you’re interested in protecting your oral health, you need to brush and floss your teeth regularly. But would you be surprised to learn that there are a number of things that many Americans could actually do better when it comes to brushing?

To start, many people don’t buy the ideal toothbrush. When you choose your toothbrush, you should buy one with a head that fits in your mouth comfortably. You should also choose a brush with soft bristles, and buy a new brush every few months. You see, if you use a brush with hard bristles, you could actually damage your teeth. You should also brush softly, as hard brushing can also hurt your pearly whites. We recommend brushing for two minutes at a time and moving your brush in a circular motion. If you move it up and down, you could scrape and damage your gums.

You should also avoid brushing your teeth right after you eat. You see, food can weaken your enamel for some time. If you brush while your enamel is weakened, you could actually damage it. Fortunately, you can avoid this problem by waiting to brush for about thirty minutes after you eat. After you eat, you can drink water to carry food particles away from your mouth to keep your mouth clean.

If you’re interested in learning more, please don’t hesitate to contact McAllister Dentistry at 828-322-6731. Dr. John McAllister and our team will be happy to answer any questions you have and address any of your concerns. We’re excited to hear from you soon!