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If you have improper toothbrushing tools or technique, it can lead to an ineffective routine. At best, this is a waste of your time, and at worst, it can actually hurt your smile. Here are some common questions asked about brushing teeth, and answers that we think may help you keep the strong and healthy smile you desire.

-How often should I brush my teeth?

Brush your teeth twice a day, for two minutes each time. Be cautious of brushing right after eating, however, as that can damage your softened tooth enamel. Wait at least half an hour after eating before brushing.

-Why should I brush my teeth?

Brushing your teeth removes plaque and debris from the surfaces of your teeth. Plaque is an unsightly, sticky film made of living bacteria. These bacteria produce an acid, which wears away at your enamel. Brushing your teeth helps prevent erosion of the enamel and makes your mouth less prone to issues such as halitosis and gum disease.

-What is the proper technique for brushing teeth?

Great question! First: use a soft-bristled toothbrush that is no more than three to four months old. Use gentle, back-and-forth strokes to brush plaque and food away from teeth and brush for two minutes.

For more information, call Kenmore Dental in Kenmore, Washington, at 425-485-0588. Dr. Michael J. Conway and our team are happy to help!