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Toothpaste and Brushing Tips

February 18, 2014

"It is better to brush after every meal, but if it is not possible brush twice. Brush once in the morning and once before going to bed to prevent plaque retention. The tooth paste should be a soft bristle tooth brush. It is extremely beneficial to use a fluoride tooth paste. Fluoride containing toothpaste prevents dental cavity formation in areas where the tooth brush cant reach.

The amount of toothpaste should only cover half of the brush head and too much toothpaste can cause the brushing to be less effective. The amount of plaque removed from the tooth doesn't depend on which tooth paste is used but it does depend on the brushing technique. Brush all surfaces of your teeth. Brush both the inside and outside surfaces thoroughly as well as the chewing surfaces. Take at least 5 to 10 minutes to brush your teeth. It is also important to change your toothbrush after every 3 to 6 months, as using it for a long time reduces the cleaning efficiency. Remember to change your tooth brush after having a cold or the flu and to keep your brush separate from other family members to prevent the spreading of germs.

Tooth pastes can also be used to clean your jewelry and polish your silver, so don't run out.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call our office. The dental team of Dr. Lois Lagier is dedicated to providing you with state-of-the-art dental care in a comfortable atmosphere. Let us care for you."

The Pine Cone - Your Dental Health - Presented by Lois Lagier, D.D.S.

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