Brushing is perhaps the most important part of your daily dental care routine. No matter how many years you’ve been brushing your teeth, it never hurts to have a refresher! Here are a few common mistakes that you may not even know you’re making. Learn the best brushing habits and when it’s time to call a dentist.
Most Common Brushing Mistakes People Make
Picking the Wrong Toothbrush.
Make sure your bristles are soft, extra soft or ultra soft! They need to be flexible in order to get into all of the right places. As long as the bristles aren’t too hard, it can be a manual or an electric toothbrush.
Brushing Too Hard.
Many people think you need to brush hard in order to remove plaque and germs. However, this isn’t the case! Brushing softly will still reduce plaque in a safe and gentle way that doesn’t damage teeth or irritate gums.
You Keep Your Brush for Too Long.
It’s best to replace your toothbrush every four months. As soon as it starts to look worn or frayed, grab a new one! Be sure to store in a dry place when you’re done to reduce the chance of mold and bacteria growth.
Your Brushing Style.
A lot of people scrub back and forth, however, the best practice is to brush in a circular motion. Scratching bristles back and forth can damage your teeth and gums in the long run.
Don’t Forget the Inside.
You’d be surprised how often people forget to brush the “inside” half of their teeth, or the side that faces your tongue.
Don’t Forget the Gum Line!
Last but not least, it’s important to remember the gum line when you’re brushing. Your bristles should be able to bend enough to reach the area where the tooth meets gum – where most of the bacteria hang out!
Don’t Hesitate to Go All Out!
At least once a day, take the time to do a thorough brushing, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash. Your teeth and gums will thank you!
Using the best brushing habits is extremely important! If you’re not sure about something, don’t hesitate to ask a professional. If you’re experiencing any pain or discomfort during your daily brushing routine, schedule an appointment!
Dr. Lee and the team at BRAIDC are ready to help!