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If you're like most people, you probably learned how to brush as a child… and the
chances are, you haven't thought about it much since then. That's understandable
— but there may come a point in our life when we find our oral hygiene techniques
could use improvement. Here are a few tips on the proper way to brush your teeth…
plus, a reminder of why we have to do it.
First, the reasons why: Brushing is an effective way to remove plaque — a
sticky, bacteria-laden biofilm that clings stubbornly to your teeth. The bacteria
in plaque produce acids, which erode the tooth's enamel and may lead to tooth decay.
Plaque can also cause gum disease and bad breath. In fact, it's believed that over
90% of dental disease is caused by plaque accumulation alone.
Besides removing plaque, the fluoride in toothpaste strengthens tooth enamel and
makes teeth more decay-resistant. Plus, brushing makes your mouth feel cleaner and
your breath smell fresher. While there is no single “right” way to brush your teeth,
there are a number of techniques that can help you get them sparkly-clean. So why
wait — let's take a refresh and relearn our brushing methods right now!