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Patient Education

What type of toothbrush should I use?
A soft toothbrush with a small head is recommended. Medium and hard bristle brushes tend to cause irritation and can lead to gums receeding.  Toothbrushes with small heads allow you to get around each tooth more completely and in those hard-to-reach pleaces.

How often should I brush?
After each meal is ideal, but let's be realistic, who's carrying a toothbrush with them throughout the day. Twice a day is the norm for most people. Regular brushing, together with annual dental visits, is adequate.

Is a particular toothbrush better than others?
No, it's based on your personal preference.

Is a paticular brand of toothpaste better than others?
For the most part, no. We do recommend toothpaste containing fluoride to decrease the incidence of decay in your moth. Otherwise, use what tastes good as long as it has fluoride.

How often should I floss?
Flossing of the teeth once per day helps to prevent cavities from forming between the teeth where your toothbrush can't reach. Flossing also helps to keep your gums healthy.