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Have you started off the new year with excellent oral hygiene? Are your daily oral health habits ensuring your teeth are being taken care of properly? If not, the risk of cavities or gum disease can increase drastically. Even the smallest of food particles can build up into plaque or be converted into acids that destroy tooth enamel, so you should do your best to clean your mouth every day. Brushing for at least two minutes twice daily is extremely effective in combatting any oral dangers that seek to harm your teeth and gums.

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 Oceanview Dental can assist you.

Oceanview Dental wants your teeth to shine this year. If you are interested in a professional cleaning from Dr. Hargas, please contact our office in Oceanside, California, by calling us at 760.433.0393. Let us help you make your smile even better!