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Your toothbrush is your ally against tooth decay and gum disease when it comes to your smile health. Done properly, brushing your teeth will protect your smile and keep it healthy. Dr. John P. Poovey at JP Dental and Implant Center in Grand Junction, Colorado, hope you enjoy the following tips to help you brush your teeth effectively and ensure healthy teeth and gums.

–Your teeth may not be Goldilocks, but it helps if the brush you use is the right size for your mouth, so you want to make sure it fits comfortably in your hand and in your mouth.

–Make sure to use the softest bristle’s you can to get the job done. Hard bristles combined with strenuous brushing can wear down tooth enamel and cause your gums to recede.

–Brush at least twice a day for two minutes each time, but no more than three times a day. It’s also important to use gentle brushstrokes as you clean.

–As you brush, don’t saw side-to-side as this can damage the gum line. Hold your brush at a 45-degree angle and use short up-and-down strokes to clean.

–While you are cleaning your teeth, go ahead and brush your tongue, the molars in the back of your mouth and all the sides of your tooth surfaces to remove harmful bacteria.

–Tooth whitening or tartar control toothpaste can be harsh on enamel over time. Conversely, fluoride toothpaste helps protect enamel and if you have sensitive teeth, desensitizing toothpaste helps protect those pearly whites.

–Beverages like coffee, diet sodas, fruit juices and energy drinks all have acid that softens tooth enamel. If you like these drinks, wait at least 20 minutes before brushing your teeth. This allows your saliva to remineralize your enamel before you brush, which protects your teeth.

–Because moist brushes can grow bacteria, store your toothbrush upright without touching surfaces (such as countertops, other toothbrushes, etc.) so it can air dry in between uses.

–Replace your toothbrush every three months to four months, or whenever the bristles fray. Frayed bristles can’t clean your teeth effectively.

As you can see, your toothbrush is your ally against tooth decay and gum disease. Brushing and flossing daily, along with having your teeth cleaned every six months, will go a long way to preserving your smile. You can reach us to schedule your next visit at 970-243-2025. Dr. John P. Poovey and our team at JP Dental and Implant Center in Grand Junction, Colorado, wish you and your family a healthy Thanksgiving!