5 Things To Know About Brushing Your Teeth + How To #PowerUp Your Oral Hygiene

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Maintaining oral hygiene isn’t only necessary for good dental health – it can affect your overall well-being. I mean, have you ever had a toothache or a cavity?! That stuff can derail your entire day, mood and cause a whole slew of unpleasant symptoms. From a young age, we’re taught the value of brushing our teeth regularly to keep our gums healthy, smiles bright and the doctor away. Brushing our teeth is something we do every single day but believe it or not – so many people don’t know how to brush their teeth correctly. Here are a few common mistakes when it comes to brushing your teeth.

1. Picking the wrong brush

There are so many choices, that this one can be overwhelming. My new favorite toothbrush is the Oral-B PRO 1000 electric toothbrush. This electric toothbrush features a professionally inspired CrossAction toothbrush head. The round head is specially designed for a tooth-by-tooth clean, and its criss-cross bristles are set at a 16- degree angle to reach deep between teeth, to lift and power away up to 300% more plaque for a superior clean vs. a regular manual toothbrush.

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2. Not replacing your toothbrush soon enough

The average lifespan of any toothbrush is 90 days or 3 months. After this period, the bristles become frayed or broken, so they won’t be able to properly clean your mouth. Moreover, food particles and bacteria will also accumulate in the brush.

3. Brushing your teeth too ferociously

A common misconception is that brushing hard is better in removing plaque and food particles in the mouth, but this isn’t true. You don’t have to scrub your teeth to remove plaque because it’s loose and soft. The Oral-B PRO 1000 electric toothbrush includes a pressure sensor that slows and stops pulsations if you brush too hard, which is a godsend when you’re known to get carried away (#guilty).

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4. Brushing your teeth too quickly

You should spend two minutes brushing your teeth at least - twice each day. Don’t take shortcuts and don’t be in a rush to finish this essential routine. The Oral-B PRO 1000 electric toothbrush has a helpful on-handle timer stutters every 30 seconds to let you know when it’s time to focus on brushing the next quadrant of your mouth. The electric toothbrush also alerts you when you have brushed for the dentist-recommended time of 2 minutes.

5. Not following a routine

Most people just go back and forth when brushing their teeth. But this is not the proper way to do it. You need to have “steps” when you brush. In a small circular motion, begin at the gum and go up then go down.

Are you ready to #PowerUp your dental hygiene game? You can only get so much power from a battery operated or regular manual toothbrush, so #PowerUp to the Oral-B PRO 1000 for a noticeably superior clean. Your pearly whites deserve it and we all know a great smile is your best accessory.

#PowerUp with the Oral-B 1000 and upgrade to the toothbrush that fits your healthy lifestyle, without hurting your wallet! The Oral-B PRO 1000 is available now at Target.