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We all know how important it is to brush teeth twice each day, once in the morning and once in the evening. However, many people are not aware of the bad teeth brushing habits that they may be guilty of. Dr. Damon T. Armstrong and our team have compiled this list of unhealthy brushing habits to break for a healthier smile.

Toothbrush Age
If you only replace your toothbrush when you come to Armstrong Dental, you are keeping your toothbrush for too long. A toothbrush should be replaced every three to four months. Also, if a toothbrush’s bristles begin to look broken or frayed, it is time to replace it.

Toothbrush Drying
We advise against keeping your toothbrush in a closed container. Let your toothbrush dry upright and in the open air. This keeps germs from growing as readily.

Toothbrushing Time
The average person brushes his or her teeth for 45 seconds, but it is recommended that people brush for a full two minutes, twice per day.

Pressure on the Teeth
Many people brush their teeth harder than is needful for an effective clean. If you brush too hard, you can damage your tooth enamel or gums. Take care to be gentle when you brush.

Toothbrush Bristles
Toothbrushes with hard bristles can wear down the enamel. Choose a brush with soft, or even extra soft, bristles to protect your smile.

We welcome you to contact our dental office at 208-785-3310 today to learn more and to schedule your next visit with our doctor in Blackfoot, Idaho.