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The American Dental Association recommends that you brush your teeth twice each day. Along with flossing at least once, this forms the foundation of an effective daily oral hygiene routine.

Without consistency in both these measures residual food particles and plaque can harden into tartar. This can increasingly put your mouth at risk for cavities and periodontal health problems.

When brushing you teeth the ADA recommends using a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste with mild abrasives and added fluoride. This will help your toothbrush at cleaning the surfaces of your teeth while also strengthening the mineral density of your tooth enamel.

As time goes on the bristles of your toothbrush will gradually wear down and bend. In order to maintain a highly effective brushing technique, the ADA recommends replacing your toothbrush every three to four months.

When shopping for a new toothbrush make sure you look for the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. The small logo on the package indicates that the ADA has tested and approved it for safe and effective oral use.

When brushing your teeth it’s important to focus on one tooth at a time. Brushing in a small circular motion will help ensure that all surfaces of the tooth has been cleaned. It should take you approximately two to three minutes to brush all 32 of your teeth.

If you are in the West Los Angeles, California area and you have a questions about how to maintain your oral hygiene, you should call 310-826-3399 to schedule a dental checkup at Farshid Ariz D.M.D..