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Did you know that the dental products you use can make your job easier and more effective? Today, our Smile Studio Dental team in Falls Church, Virginia, want to review brushing basics when it comes to the tools you use to clean your teeth. Choosing products with the American Dental Association Seal on it means they are proven to be safe and effective.

Soft-bristled toothbrushes are highly recommended because they are gentle on tooth enamel and gum tissues. Choosing one with rounded bristles protect the gums, and flat and multilevel brushes clean the best. Do you have a small mouth? If so, use a small brush head so you can reach the molars.

If you have a hard time using a manual toothbrush or brushing for two minutes, consider using an electric or battery-powered brush to solve the problem. Always air-dry your brush, uncovered, between cleanings. Be sure to replace your brush or brush head every 3-4 months, or when the bristles lose their shape.

As for which kind of toothpaste you should use, it depends on your needs. A good all-around cavity-fighting toothpaste has fluoride to protect your tooth enamel while fighting tooth decay. If you have a problem with bleeding, red gums, then an anti-gingivitis toothpaste will help rid them or oral bacteria and plaque.

If your teeth are sensitive to hot and cold temperature changes, use a desensitizing toothpaste that blocks pain signals from the tooth nerves. If you are prone to tartar buildup, using a tartar-control toothpaste will help keep it from accumulating. And if you are needing to brighten your pearly whites, a teeth-whitening toothpaste is perfect for clearing stains.

Your best oral health strategy means brushing your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes each time. Don’t forget to floss every day, and see your dentist, Dr. Eli Janabi, for professional cleanings every six months. To schedule your next visit, call 703-982-2222 today!