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6 Tips to Brush Your Teeth the Right Way

As they say, your smile is the prettiest thing you can wear. You are never fully dressed without it.

But how can you maintain a perfect smile?

In recent years, we have seen an explosion of interest when it comes to oral health. So many cosmetic and restorative dental techniques have been introduced into the market to promote a healthier, lovelier smile.

But nothing comes close to brushing your teeth. If you do it properly, you don’t have to worry about getting cosmetic or restorative dental treatment just to have a beautiful smile.

Statistics show that 23% of Americans can go on without brushing their teeth for two or more days. That is alarming as poor oral health can greatly affect one’s overall health condition. So, the importance of regular brushing and learning the proper ways of brushing your teeth are valuable to promote hygiene and overall wellness.

So, how do you brush your teeth the right way?

Most people think it is easy because it is common and have acquired the habit since childhood.

But did you know that improperly brushing your teeth can do more harm than good?

Here are 6 tips to brushing teeth the right way:

1. Use a Good Toothbrush

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Although it will be hard to see with your naked eye, it is best to use toothbrushes with rounded bristles.

This means that these brushes are safer to use and will not scrape away important parts of your teeth such as enamel and dentin. Since you cannot see those bristles just by looking at them while grocery shopping, it is highly recommended that you throw it away before it wears out and becomes unsafe.

We advise that if you brush your teeth twice a day, it is best to change your toothbrush every four weeks. In general, changing your toothbrush every 3 months will do.

It is also best to buy a toothbrush with soft bristles. Harder bristles are like jagged knives ready to puncture and scrape your teeth – causing more damage than getting your teeth clean.

2. Do Not Over Brush

Do Not Over Brush

Over brushing is not about how many times you brush each day. There are people who would be concerned about too much brushing if they brushed their teeth after every meal.

So, if they eat more than three times a day, that would mean brushing their teeth more than three times a day. But that does not constitute over brushing.

Studies show that approximately 80% of people are over brushing. It is directly related to the way you brush your teeth. Generally, people brush their teeth until it feels smooth and squeaky clean. It is like scrubbing dirt from your bathroom tiles. Stop this mistake!

3. Massage Not Scrub

Brushing your teeth should be like a massage to protect your teeth’s dentin and enamel. Going back and forth is like scrubbing and this can be harmful to your teeth.

Like a massage, you should brush your teeth in a circular motion with up and down strokes towards the gum line.

4. Get the Angle

It is best to position your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to be able to reach the gum line. Normally, most people are focused on brushing their teeth and they forget their gums.

Bacteria builds up more on gums, particularly the area between your teeth and your gums. This area is often ignored.

5. Timing

Yes, brushing your teeth properly means proper timing. This means that you need to wait for at least 15 minutes after a meal to brush your teeth.

The goal is to let your saliva work its way to remove the acid from your mouth. If you’re in a hurry, wash the acid in your mouth with water before brushing your teeth.

6. Numbers Matter

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We recommend brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes – no more, no less. On average, 70% Americans brush their teeth twice a day – one in the morning and one before going to bed.

Staying too long in the bathroom brushing your teeth means you are adding minutes on damaging your teeth. Stop the habit of listening to your favorite music every time you brush your teeth.

Brushing your teeth is the most basic and fundamental means of caring for your oral health. Do not wait until you experience bleeding gums or tooth decay before you start caring for your teeth.

Remember, your oral health is just as important as keeping your physical body in good condition. Your oral health reflects your total well-being.

If you need proper dental instructions or care, don’t hesitate to contact any of our Friendly Dental Group locations!


Happy Monday from Friendly Dental Group of Rock Hill!

Our Rock Hill dental practice is located in Rock Hill, South Carolina and also near the surrounding cities of Indian Land and Fort Mill, SC. Our dentists and dental staff in Rock Hill are very experienced. Sean Barnwell and Brenda Halsey provides quality dental care for all general, pediatric, and preventive dental needs.

Our Rock Hill dental office is open 5 days a week. If you are in need of a dental check-up or cleaning go visit our Rock Hill dental practice, walk-ins are always welcome. Come in and say hello to our staff and be treated with professional, quality, and friendly dental care.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment. If you have any questions call us at (803) 327-1500 or email us at






Friendly Dental Group is a Preferred Invisalign Provider in Charlotte NC

Most people consider the process of aligning crooked teeth fit for mainly teenagers and kids. However, adults can still benefit from the Invisalign procedure.

Wearing metal braces may seem unpleasant to adults who value their smile. For anybody that lives in Charlotte and needs an Invisalign consultation, visit Friendly Dental as we have over 20 locations in the great Charlotte area with several preferred Invisalign Orthodontists.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a type of dental treatment that helps align your teeth back to their correct position. The procedure involves wearing clear plastic aligners that straightens your teeth.

Patients who use Invisalign don’t have to wear metal braces. The aligners are swapped after every 2 weeks until your teeth is well aligned.

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Preferred Invisalign Doctor

Why would I want Invisalign?

If you have crooked teeth, you may want to put on braces or Invisalign. Most people prefer Invisalign due to their invisible nature.

Unlike metal braces which are visible, Invisalign cannot be easily detected. With smooth edges, Invisalign gives you uttermost comfort.

Additionally, Invisalign is removable and you can comfortably remove your invisible aligners while having a meal.

Benefits of Invisalign

  • Helps you straighten crooked teeth without affecting your smile. Your friends will hardly know that you are wearing anything.
  • Their soft edges make them comfortable to wear. You will hardly feel irritation in your mouth; a common attribute with metal braces.
  • During meals, when brushing or flossing, you can remove them. This is NOT the case with metal braces.
  • Unlike metallic braces that are difficult to clean, Invisalign braces are easy to clean and maintain. After removing, you can brush and soak them comfortably.
  • The Invisalign process is a shorter treatment period. Ideally, you may need approximately 12 months to align your teeth.

Who needs Invisalign and why?

There are a few signs that may cause your Orthodontist to request you to wear Invisalign. Invisalign is appropriate for anyone who has overcrowded teeth, crooked teeth, an under-bite, an overbite, a cross-bite and an open-bite.

All these conditions should be treated on time to prevent the problem from worsening.

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Invisalign vs. Braces?

Braces comprise of metal sections being stuck to your teeth, and entwined by wires and minor elastic bands.

Invisalign is imperceptible. Nobody may even notice that you’re wearing them, making Invisalign a consistent fit with your way of life.

Also, aligner plates made of free clear plastic are worn over your teeth to position them accurately.

What does it mean to be a preferred Invisalign provider?

charlotte invisalignLike most restorative needs, choosing the Invisalign Orthodontist is a critical choice. You need to pick an Orthodontist that you know well, understands your problem and provides the treatment results you’re searching for.

Invisalign dentists have accomplished a HUGE level of involvement in treating variety of patients with this issue.

However, a few dentists have separated themselves with significantly higher experience and have produced quality results above average.

Invisalign for Teens

invisalign teen charlotteLet’s be honest. With school, games, dating, and hanging out with friends, getting metal braces is not at the highest priority on your to do list.

The thought on its own is a mind blowing experience. However, deciding to choose Invisalign as a teen or choosing Invisalign for your teen, can fix their teeth without metal wires and sections acting as a burden.

Invisalign Teen aligners are made of a smooth and clear plastic material. Your friends most likely won’t know you’re wearing them.

Invisalign Costs

The Invisalign costs of treatment varies with the duration of the treatment, the type of quality used and your location.

In addition, the cases of the patients differ hence simple cases may cost less while complex cases can be more.

However the payment methods can be arranged and you can pay in installments depending on your treatment schedule and dental insurance.

Why pick Friendly Dental Group for Invisalign?

At Friendly Dental Group we offer Invisalign treatment in Charlotte for adults and teens, restore comfort and health to you in the BEST possible way.

Our teams of highly experienced preferred Invisalign doctors are committed to providing the best care to our patients and at an affordable rate.

How regularly should I wear my Invisalign?

Invisalign is best worn for about 20 to 22 hours every day and removed when flossing, eating or brushing. They are easy to wear hence you are able to wear them for the prescribed time by your doctor.

The best part about the entire procedure is that many people will not know you’re fixing your teeth.

How long will treatment take?

The length of treatment relies on upon the seriousness of your case and must be controlled by your doctor. However, in the normal case it takes around 12 months for adults.

On the other hand the time frame for a teen patient may be different and can be decided by the doctor.

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Invisalign positions your teeth to be more functional, balanced and healthy. This procedure not only improves your teeth but also enhances your appearance.

Here is a list of our Preferred Invisalign Locations:

If wish to know more about the treatments we offer for Invisalign in the Charlotte area, you can book an appointment or consultation with us today. You can also call us at 1-866-764-5387!


Happy Thanksgiving from Friendly Dental Group of University!

If you are in need of a dental check-up or cleaning after eating Thanksgiving dinner, walk-ins are always welcome. Come in and say hello to our staff and be treated with professional, quality, and friendly care.

Also as a reminder, current dental benefits typically don’t rollover to the new year, so don’t waste them! Learn more.

Book an appointment TODAY!


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When was the last time you visited a dentist?

For a checkup, a tooth filling or any other dental procedure, it is about time you started thinking about visiting your local dentist.

2016 as we know it, is winding down. The holidays are fast approaching and the new year is closer than you think.

Take Advantage of Your Benefits

Dental insurance plans will have different benefits for each person. How well do you know what your dental insurance benefits cover?

Unfortunately, whatever benefits you have left to use for your dental plan, they can only be used for the remainder of this year and cannot be rolled over into 2017.

It is super important for you to take advantage of your dental benefits as soon as possible. Take charge, call us today (1-866-764-5387) or schedule an appointment and let us give you the best experience while uncovering the benefits of your dental insurance plan.

Get the Most of Your Benefits or Double What You Pay

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Why pay for dental insurance coverage if you are not going to use it?

If you paid for it, you deserve to make the most of it! Be smart, don’t double the amount you would have to pay by not using your dental benefits by the end of the year.

Most dental insurance plans have at least 2 free teeth cleaning sessions per year. We can start there. Book an appointment and come get yours for free.

Our team is dedicated to giving you the best dental care and experience. At Friendly Dental Group, our primary focus is your dental health. In addition to fixing your current problems, we are also interested in the prevention of future ones. Haven’t you heard?

Prevention is the best cure, and with insurance, it is even easier. It only gets better for those who take advantage of their dental benefits.

Save More with your Dental Coverage

The math here is really simple. Here is a hypothetical scenario! Depending on your insurance plan, for a procedure such as a tooth filling that could cost you $100, you will only have to pay $25, and the rest which is 75% will be covered by your dental insurance.

Getting this dental procedure done before the end of this year, as opposed to doing it say in January next year (2017), will save you more money than you think. This is because if you do it this year, you will not be required to pay any more deductible fees.

Waiting to do it next year will require that you pay deductible fees and why would you want to do that? Why pay more when you can save? But as we all know, it is your choice.

Don’t Wait To Pay More, Call Us Today!

No matter where you are, we have got you covered with 22 locations widespread across North and South Carolina. Book your appointment today with the Friendly Dental Group before it’s too late.

Don’t wait until we are all booked up from those who understand how important it is to use their dental benefits before the end of the year and not let them go to waste! Contact Us TODAY at 1-866-764-5387, schedule an appointment, or find a Friendly Dental Group location near you!


HollyFest 2016 brought to you by Ting Fiber Internet

The Town of Holly Springs joins with churches, civic organizations and businesses for this annual community celebration. Friendly Dental Group of Holly Springs is a Master Vendor for this event and enjoys being a part of the Holly Springs community.

Highlights for this Event Include:

  • Enjoy Live Entertainment throughout the day
  • Get a jump start on your Christmas list with our Arts & Crafts Vendors
  • Children’s Corner full of activities and games
  • Kids Zone Inflatables & Rides
  • Cornhole Cup ’16
  • Food for Every Taste
  • Local Non-Profit Community Groups
  • Business Expo
  • Fire Truck & Police Vehicles on Display

To read more about the HollyFest 2016 in Holly Springs visit here or Book an appointment TODAY!

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About Us

The Friendly Dental Group is one of the largest and fastest-growing dental practices in the Carolinas, providing a wide range of dental care services, including; teeth whitening, extractions, braces and Invisalign, dentures, tooth fillings, and many other dental care procedures.

Our dentists and staff members are committed to providing our patients throughout North and South Carolina with high-quality customer service! At Friendly Dental Group, we strive to meet and exceed every patient's needs and expectations.

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