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We all have heard the drill about brushing your teeth. However, did you know by not brushing your teeth, you are putting your smile and oral health in trouble? Well, it’s true! Having a basic understanding of brushing your teeth is important, so you can keep your smile healthy. Here at NuSmile Dental & Orthodontics in San Jose, California, our team is dedicated to oral health and are happy to give you some tips and insight on the importance of brushing.

Brushing your teeth is important for your oral health and should be done at least twice a day, for two minutes a day. This will keep bacteria and food particles from nesting in your teeth, so cavities can be avoided as much as possible. Flossing can also help reach between your teeth and deep along the gum line to also guard the hard to reach places your brush cannot reach.

Don’t forget, your toothbrush should be changed every four to six months. Bacteria can live in your toothbrush making it harder to keep your teeth clean. Also, by replacing your toothbrush when the bristles become too used and frayed, you are helping your oral health stay in top-notch condition. Worn bristles can’t clean your teeth as healthy as fresh bristles on your toothbrush can.

If you avoid brushing often, you could be putting your smile at risk to gum disease. If gum disease occurs in your smile, you could experience things like persistent bad breath, major tooth loss, red and bleeding gums, and even bone loss can occur in your jaw. That is why brushing is so imperative to do in your oral hygiene routine and in your everyday life.  If you have questions about your oral health or feel it’s time for a check-up, please call our office today at 408-266-2800 to set up an appointment with our talented doctor, Dr. Lawrence Wu. Our friendly and professional staff is always ready to assist your oral health in any way we can.