Can you Believe it:  Only 1 in 10 Americans brush their teeth correctly.

So to help in the good fight to get Americans to brush correctly, we have put together a list of the most common mistakes and the best tips for Brushing your teeth correctly.

1. Size Matters!

Some people use a large toothbrush head thinking “the bigger, the better.” But you can brush just as effectively, if not more, so with a smaller brush, especially if you have to strain your mouth to use a large one.

Soft Bristle Toothbrush

2. It’s Good To Be A Softy!

It would seem to make sense that firmer bristles would clean your teeth better, but many times hard-bristle brushes just wind up damaging your sensitive gum tissue. The American Dental Association recommends a soft-bristled brush and we agree!

10 Second Teeth Brushing

3. Don’t Do A Rush Job!

Most people spend fifteen seconds or so per round of brushing. Studies have shown that a full two minutes is needed to properly clean all tooth surfaces. To make sure you don’t play favorites, divide your mouth into four sections (upper right, lower right, etc.) and spend thirty seconds on each.

Some electric toothbrushes actually have timers, but you don’t need to be so fancy. Find a thirty-second song and sing it to yourself for each mouth quarter.

Proper Angle for Brushing Teeth

4. What’s Your Angle?

While we typically picture tooth-brushing to be a horizontal affair, that leaves out many important tooth surfaces, including the crucial area where the tooth meets the gum line. Aim your bristles