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Always keep your oral health care habits in check with your health care goals. Excellent oral hygiene is the key to a great smile. Ensuring that you are safely and effectively brushing twice daily is paramount to your smile’s success.

With all the different methods available to you in today’s tooth brushing world, be sure to use tools that are approved by your dentist or have the ADA Seal of Acceptance. Don’t forget to also use proper techniques for brushing.

The proper angle to hold your toothbrush is often considered about 45-degrees to your gums. Brushing from this angle makes contact with the teeth easier and more effective, and it also promotes more brush-to-surface contact. When brushing your front teeth, position your brush vertically for maximum effectiveness.

Your brush strokes should be small and soft. Pushing too hard can cause gum irritation or could be too abrasive to your tooth enamel. Brush your tongue as well to remove bacteria and help fight against halitosis. When finished, be sure to properly store your toothbrush to prevent contamination.

Brushing alone is not enough to protect your teeth, so implement other tools for cleaning between your teeth, such as dental floss or a dentist-approved interdental cleaner. If you ever have any questions regarding your oral health care, our dentists at Crossroads Dental can assist you.

Crossroads Dental wants your teeth to shine this year. If you are interested in a professional cleaning from Dr. Carol Halloran, please contact our office in Waterloo, Iowa, by calling us at 319.291.3908. Let us help you make your smile even better!