Prevent Cavities with Pre-Brushing

Sure. Brushing your teeth with toothpaste helps protect against cavities and gum disease, but if you also want to cut plaque and tartar buildup by an impressive 67 percent, start brushing your teeth for 1 minute using a dry toothbrush before adding that dollop of paste. Those dry bristles act like tiny scouring pads, sweeping away bacteria before they can latch onto teeth and produce enamel-damaging acids. To prevent gum irritation, use a soft-bristled brush.