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You should be brushing your teeth two times a day, for 2 minutes each time. This sounds easy–and it is, once you get the habit down–but it can be difficult for some people to develop the diligence to do it in the first place. Many people brush their teeth but don’t do it for the full two minutes each time.  

Many people use a conventional toothbrush for the sake of habit or cost considerations; some enjoy the convenience of an electric toothbrush. On a clinical level, there is no difference in effectiveness between the two kinds of brushes, so long as the brusher is using proper technique. So whichever you choose, treat it well, and you should be able to get the sparkling white teeth you want.

Toothbrushes should be replaced every 3-4 months. This can seem like a lot to some people, but the bacteria on your brush continue to grow no matter how well you take care of it. Therefore, the toothbrush should be well-cared for to lengthen its life, then retired when the time comes. Since toothbrush style is a matter of personal preference, it can help to pick one you like. It may make it easier to brush your teeth regularly.

Attending your twice-annual dental checkup at Rob Holdridge, DMD & Associates is also critical for maintaining clean teeth. If you are in the Wheaton, Illinois, area and you need further oral hygiene advice, you can always call 630-668-3423 to schedule a checkup with Dr. Rob Holdridge.