Most of us are brushing incorrectly—following these steps will keep you and your dentist happy, Dr. Levine says.
  • Use a rounded-end, soft-bristle brush.
  • Brush twice a day for 30 seconds in each quadrant, or a total of two minutes
  • Angle the brush 45 degrees to the gumline—you want the bristles to get under the gum, gently.
  • Replace your toothbrush every 30 to 45 days, because toothbrush heads harbor bacteria.
  • Use a toothbrush sanitizer, and make sure to let the toothbrush air-dry, rather than storing it in a damp environment or in a drawer.

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