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Use a soft, dry brush and downward strokes starting from the top of the tooth. Thereafter, gently brush in a circular motion at the gum line. Rinse the toothbrush in hot water, and follow by regular brushing with an appropriate toothpaste.
Tongue scraping is another excellent technique for controling bacteria in the mouth, maintaing good oral hygiene and healthy gums, and an array of other health benefits.
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For additional tips and information on proper dental care, including correct dry and wet brushing techniques, visit the following sites:
American Dental Hygienists' Association: Proper Brushing
Livestrong: Dry Tooth Brushing
Dr. Oz: 8 Brushing Habits That Harm Your Teeth