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    1. 1The first step is choosing the right toothbrush. Pick one that fits the size and shape of your mouth with bristles that aren’t too stiff or too soft. The brush should be sturdy enough to remove plaque without rubbing your gums and enamel the wrong way. The brush should be able to easily reach all areas of your mouth.
    2. 2You should brush for at least 2 minutes twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste. While three times a day might be ideal, four or more times a day starts to become a bit compulsive. Brushing too often or too hard can erode gums and tooth enamel. So brushing gently for at least 2 minutes twice a day is the way to go.  Two minutes can seem like a long time, so use a timer. You probably have a timer on your smart phone.
    3. 3Place the brush at a 45-degree angle against the gums. Avoid brushing in long, horizontal strokes. Instead, use short, up-and-down motions or circular motions for the best results. Don't forget to brush the chewing surfaces and backs of your teeth. 
    4. 4Mix it up by beginning your brushing in a different section of your mouth each time you start.  This helps ensure that each tooth gets “quality time” with the toothbrush.
    5. 5Finally, take care of your toothbrush and it will take care of you.  Make sure you rinse it thoroughly after each use, and put it in a place where it can air-dry easily. You should replace it with a new toothbrush about every 2 to 3 months.
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