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Should you use warm or cold water when brushing your teeth?

The fact of the matter is, it really doesn’t matter what temperature of water is used.  The most important factors are:

  1. Brushing.  Use a fluoridated toothpaste and brush at least twice per day, morning and especially at night.
  2. Length of time in which you brush.  Brush your teeth for at least 2-3 minutes.  You can use a timer or a Sonicare toothbrush to determine when 2-3 minutes are completed.  
  3. Technique.  Angle your toothbrush 45 degrees using a circular gentle motion taking sections of teeth and cleaning all surfaces and gums until you complete all teeth in your entire mouth. Brushing too hard can damage the enamel and lead to breakage and sensitivity.  
  4. Flossing.  Particles of food, sugar and plaque get stuck between teeth that the toothbrush cannot reach.  Lack of flossing creates bacteria that can eat away the enamel of teeth which can and most likely will lead to tooth decay.     
  5. Proper toothbrush.  Select a toothbrush that has “soft” bristles.  Hard bristles can damage tooth enamel, cause gum irritation and cause gums to recede.

So, the temperature of the water used while brushing your teeth is all up to your personal preference – but never use “hot” water, you don’t want to scald yourself.  People with sensitive teeth, however, may want to use lukewarm water to help with the sensitivity that cold water may cause.   

– from Lisa G. (Business Team)

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