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Our team at Dr. Kent Stapley & Dr. Nathan Kitchen supports the American Dental Association in encouraging all patients who have teeth to brush twice a day. Brushing your teeth goes hand in with flossing every day to form a foundation of effective oral hygiene practices. A hygienic, high-quality toothbrush and proper brushing technique can protect your gums from poor oral health.

Any inconsistencies in your oral health habits could result in plaque and food particle buildup turning into a more aggressive tartar, which increases the risk of cavities and gum problems.

The best way to brush your teeth is to use a fluoride toothpaste and soft-bristled toothbrush approved by the ADA so that you can give your teeth and gums a proper cleaning and fortify the mineral density of your tooth enamel. Use small, circular motions to brush one tooth at a time, addressing its every surface. Make sure you are taking two to three minutes to fully clean your teeth and gum line.

Over time, your toothbrush will begin to wear out. Bristles that are frayed and bent will prevent you from maintaining an effective tooth brushing technique and can increase your risk of developing periodontal disease. Every three to four months, it’s time to choose a new toothbrush.

If you are unsure how to choose a new toothbrush, look for quality products that fit well in your hand and have the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. This important logo is proof that the toothbrush is researched and tested to benefit your health.

To learn more about toothbrushes and gum health in Mesa, Arizona, contact Dr. Kent Stapley & Dr. Nathan Kitchen at 480-830-8946 today and arrange a time to see our general dentists, Dr. Kent Stapley and Dr. Nathan Kitchen.