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We brush our teeth so often that the habit can become mindless. While having a toothbrushing habit is a very good thing, occasionally we need to brush up on our brushing technique. Here are some things to remember as you strive to give your teeth and gums the best care you can.

Soft-bristled toothbrushes are the best for your teeth. Brushes with hard bristles can be rough on your teeth and will weaken tooth enamel. Hard bristles also injure your gums, opening them up for infection and gum disease.

Look for brushes that fit easily into your mouth for a deep clean. Look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance on the packaging of whatever dental care product you are purchasing. This seal from the American Dental Association guarantees you are getting a quality product that is safe and effective.

Toothbrushes that have been contaminated should no longer be used. Don’t ever share your toothbrush with another person, or use theirs. Toothbrush sharing leads to complete cross-contamination of toothbrushes, sharing bacteria, disease, and infection from person to person and rendering the toothbrush entirely ineffective. Cross-contamination can also occur when toothbrushes touch. Always try to store your toothbrush separately from other brushes in an open area free of contamination.

Support your toothbrushing habit with regular professional cleanings to prevent tooth decay and periodontal disease. To schedule an appointment in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, call Sandpiper Dental at 763-561-7000. Your smile deserves the very best of care, and Dr. David Trebisovsky can offer it!