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10085 Dunkirk Way, #202
Dunkirk, MD 20754
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Q. What is the proper method of brushing my teeth?
A: Use a soft bristled toothbrush. Be sure it is the right size (smaller is better than larger). Place bristles at a 45-degree angle to the teeth. Slide the tips of the brush under the gums. Move the brush very gently so that any plaque growing under the gums will be removed. Be sure to brush the outside, the tongue side and the chewing surfaces of your teeth. Other hints: Your toothbrush will only clean one or two teeth at a time. Change its position to properly clean each tooth.
Don't rush your brushing. A thorough brushing should take at least 2 minutes. You should brush your teeth twice per day to prevent plaque build up. Studies show that plaque (bacteria) regrow on clean teeth about 4 hours after brushing. A pea size amount of fluoridated toothpaste is all that is needed. Replace your brush when the bristles begin to spread. A worn out toothbrush will not properly clean your teeth.