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Brushing your teeth is extremely important for the health of your gums, teeth, and even plays a role in the health of your whole body. While the practice is now quite common, would you be surprised to learn that there are a few things many of us could do better when it comes to brushing?

You should brush your teeth for two minutes at a time so you can adequately reach every tooth. Brushing well is incredibly important, as inadequate brushing actually does very little for your smile. You should brush twice a day, remembering to brush gently and with a soft-bristled brush.

Did you know that you should avoid brushing right after you eat or drink? This is especially true if you’ve just enjoyed very acidic food—such as citrus fruits—or if you’ve just had juice or a soda. You should wait for at least 30 minutes after you eat to brush your teeth. Otherwise, you’ll be brushing while your enamel is soft, which could damage your pearly whites.

Please remember that brushing alone won’t be enough to keep your smile as clean and healthy as it should be. You should also floss at least once a day, and pay a visit to our dentist once every six months for a routine cleaning if you’re interested in keeping your teeth healthy and strong.

If you’d like to learn more about the care you can receive from our team, we invite you to contact Ray N McKinley DDS PC at 586-685-0880. Dr. Ray McKinley & Brittany McKinley-Holloway and our team will be happy to examine your smile and offer you any personalized advice you need. We’re excited to hear from you soon!