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At first glance, you may think brushing your teeth is a no-brainer. You squeeze some toothpaste on the brush, run it over your teeth, and presto! You’re good for the rest of the day, or night. Well, the truth is while brushing is not going to be the most complicated part of your day, there is a technique to doing it well. And yes, it can make a difference in your oral health.

Are you taking enough time to brush? Believe it or not, you need to spend about two minutes brushing your teeth. Most people don’t even come close, so try timing yourself for the first week or so. You should at the very least, brush at least twice a day. Brushing after meals is a great idea, but wait for 30 minutes after you eat to give your saliva time to deal with the acid from your food. Brush the outside and then the inside of your upper teeth, followed by your lower teeth. Don’t forget to clean the chewing and biting surfaces of your teeth was well. When you are finished, rinse your again to remove any food particles or debris that may have been loosened as you were brushing. You should floss at least once a day, but if you have the time, try flossing every time you brush.

While proper brushing is the foundation for good oral health, it doesn’t replace your visits to the dentist for your regular cleanings and exams. If it is time for your routine appointment, why not schedule a visit with our dentists, Drs. Graber, Mark, Fish, or Bly-Fish? If you live in the Purchase, New York, area and would like to plan a visit to OneDent of Westchester, give us a call today at 914-750-4376 .