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When it comes to brushing teeth, if you have improper technique or ineffective tools, it can lead to an ineffective routine. This is at least a waste of your time, and likely it will do active damage to your smile. Here are some common questions asked about brushing teeth and answers that our dentists, Drs. Fagan and Fagan, in Enid, Oklahoma, is happy to provide answers to that can help you keep the healthy smile you desire.

-Why should I brush my teeth?

Brushing your teeth removes plaque, food particles and debris from the surfaces of your teeth and gums. Plaque is a sticky film made of live bacteria. These bacteria produce an acid, which wears away at your enamel. Brushing your teeth helps remove the plaque and acid, helping prevent erosion of the enamel. It also makes your mouth less prone to issues such as gum disease and bad breath.

-How often should I brush my teeth?

You should brush your teeth twice a day, for two minutes each time. Be cautious of brushing right after eating, however, as that can damage your enamel. Wait at least 30 minutes after eating before brushing your teeth. Drink a tall glass of water or chew sugar-free gum for 20 minutes after eating to clean your mouth.

-What is the proper technique for brushing teeth?

You should use a toothbrush that is no more than three to four months old. Make sure it is a soft-bristled toothbrush, and use gentle, back-and-forth strokes to brush plaque and food away from teeth.

For more information, call Brush Pediatric & Family Dentistry in Enid, Oklahoma, at 580-233-0043. Drs. Fagan and Fagan, as well as our our team, are happy to help!