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Remember when you were a kid, and just learning how to brush your teeth? You had someone there reminding you to do it, and to show you how. Sometimes as adults, we let those childhood habits slide a little bit. Here are some things to remember as you go back to those basic habits.

2×2: The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you brush your teeth twice a day, for 2 minutes each time. Brush the inside, outside, and surface areas of your teeth using short, tooth-wide strokes.

The Right Brush: Toothbrushes need to be replaced frequently–about every 3-4 months. Make sure you are buying a toothbrush with the ADA Seal of Acceptance on the packaging. This will ensure that the bristles are soft and that the brush will not damage your teeth and gums (if used properly).

Floss: Floss your teeth once a day. This should only take about 2-3 minutes a day, but will bring big dividends to you oral health. Be sure to go around each tooth, including behind your back molars. If conventional flossing is hard for you, talk with Dr. R. Erik Cantwell for interdental cleaning alternatives.

As you follow these basic principles, you will be better able to take care of your smile. Make sure you are supporting your daily habits with regular visits to the dentist! If you are in the West Jordan, Utah area, call Copper Ridge Dental at 801.260.0530 to set your appointment today!