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You know that if you’re interested in protecting your oral health, you need to brush and floss your teeth regularly. But would you be surprised to learn that there are a number of things that many Americans could actually do better when it comes to brushing?

To start, many people don’t buy the ideal toothbrush. When you choose your toothbrush, you should buy one with a head that fits in your mouth comfortably. You should also choose a brush with soft bristles, and buy a new brush every few months. You see, if you use a brush with hard bristles, you could actually damage your teeth. You should also brush softly, as hard brushing can also hurt your pearly whites. We recommend brushing for two minutes at a time and moving your brush in a circular motion. If you move it up and down, you could scrape and damage your gums.

Similarly, did you know that you could accidentally damage your teeth if you decide to brush your teeth right after you eat? For about 30 minutes after you eat, your teeth will be weaker, and brushing could cause damage you might not expect. This is especially true if you eat acidic foods. If you’re interested in cleaning your teeth right after you eat, we recommend simply drinking water. Doing so will carry bad bacteria and food particles away from your teeth.

If you’re interested in learning more, please don’t hesitate to contact LeJeune Family Dentistry at (757) 827-9114. Dr. Barry LeJeune and our team will be happy to answer any questions you have and address any of your concerns. We’re excited to hear from you soon!