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You know that if you’re interested in protecting your oral health, you need to brush and floss your teeth regularly. But would you be surprised to learn that there are a number of things that many Americans could actually do better when it comes to brushing?

Did you know that you should be brushing for two minutes at a time? When you brush, please use a circular motion and remember to brush softly. Sadly, brushing too hard can damage your pearly whites and your gums, resulting in a number of serious issues. Similarly, when you buy a new brush—which you should actually do every few months—please remember to choose a brush with soft bristles to avoid brushing too hard.

You should also avoid brushing your teeth right after you eat. You see, food can weaken your enamel for some time. If you brush while your enamel is weakened, you could actually damage it. Fortunately, you can avoid this problem by waiting to brush for about thirty minutes after you eat. After you eat, you can drink water to carry food particles away from your mouth to keep your mouth clean.

If you’re interested in learning more, please don’t hesitate to contact DM Family Dentistry at 773.252.5757. Dr. Doris Madrigal and our team will be happy to answer any questions you have and address any of your concerns. We’re excited to hear from you soon!