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You already know that brushing your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes is indispensable to a healthy smile. But are you cleaning your teeth properly? The toothbrush and toothpaste you use can make your job more effective. Today, our Nicholas A. Jamison II DDS team in Greeley, Colorado, want to review some basics when it comes to your brushing tools! Remember, always use products that carry the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance. This ensures that the product is both safe and effective.

First, what kind of tooth brush are you using? Dentists, love soft-bristled toothbrushes because they get the job done while being kind to tooth enamel and gum tissue. Rounded bristles are gentle on the gums, and flat and multilevel brushes do the best work when it comes to cleaning. If your mouth is smaller, you will do better with a smaller brush head, as you want to be able to reach the back teeth.

If you have trouble brushing for two minutes or have trouble maneuvering a manual toothbrush, and electric or battery-powered brush can help you. Don’t forget to air-dry your brush in between cleanings, so leave it uncovered. And finally, a good rule of thumb for replacing your toothbrush (or brush head) is 3-4 months, tops.

Next, What kind of toothpaste should you be using? Let’s look at the choices you have available to you:

Cavity-fighting Toothpaste: While most kinds of toothpaste contain fluoride in them, this is an important ingredient in preventing tooth decay and it protects precious tooth enamel in the process.

Gum Disease-Fighting Toothpaste: If your gums are red and bleeding, you likely have the early stage of gum disease, or gingivitis. This toothpaste helps get rid of the harmful oral bacteria that lead to gum disease.

Toothpaste for Sensitive Teeth: If you experience a sharp pain when you inhale cold air or drink hot beverages, you may have sensitive teeth. This toothpaste helps lessen pain by blocking the pain signal to the tooth nerve.

Tartar-Control Toothpaste: This paste keeps tartar (hardened plaque) from building up on your teeth. Even so, your dentist will need to remove bacteria laded tartar that is already on your teeth.

Teeth-Whitening Toothpaste: This paste has a polishing agent which rid your teeth of stains on the surface. It also works to help you keep your teeth lighter.

Remember to brush (and floss) your teeth every day, and keep up with professional dental cleanings. If it is time for your net cleaning, please call 970-506-1122. Our dentist, Dr. Nicholas A. Jamison II, looks forward to helping your smile thrive!