Most of us have been brushing our teeth for so long that we do it without thinking. It seems like a no-brainer, right? You put the toothpaste on the brush, scrub your teeth, rinse your mouth, and move on.

Not quite. There is a bit more to brushing than that, and making sure that you brush properly is a key component of good dental health.

First, you need to brush your teeth at least two times a day. If you want to brush after you eat, wait for about half an hour after your meal to brush. When you brush your teeth, you need to spend at least two minutes. You might think that you are taking enough time to clean your teeth, but try using a timer the next time you brush to see if you are doing it long enough.

Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your teeth and brush away from your gumline. Brush the outside and the inside of your teeth, and the chewing and biting surfaces. Take time to brush your tongue, since bacteria can also thrive there. You will want to use a soft-bristled toothbrush, that is in good shape. Take a look at the bristles: if they are bent, it is time for a new toothbrush. A good rule to remember is to replace your toothbrush every three months.

If you have questions about brushing your teeth, your toothbrush; or it is just time for your checkup, our dentist, Dr. Yelena Mullakandova at Glendale Boutique Dental in Glendale, New York, would be happy to see you. Call us today at 718.821.0170 to make an appointment. We look forward to seeing you soon!