• Are You Making These Brushing Mistakes?

    on Feb 13th, 2017

We have done it every day for as long as we can remember. However, many of us are still doing it the wrong way. Have you established tooth brushing habits that may be harming your teeth or not effective at all? Here are five common mistakes that people make when it comes to brushing their pearly whites:

1. The Wrong Brush

While the size of the toothbrush head is important, the type of bristles you choose is critical. Dentists recommend that patients choose a soft-bristled toothbrush that can gently loosen plaque along the gum line. Opting for a hard-bristled brush can actually wear down your tooth structure over time. Plaque is a sticky but soft substance that doesn’t require an abrasive cleaning tool.

2. Stopping Too Soon

The American Dental Association suggests that children and adults should brush for two minutes, twice a day. Set a timer on your phone the next time you brush; you may be surprised at how soon you conclude your task.

3. Side-to-Side Brushing

This is a common mistake in technique that may have been instilled in you when you were a young child. Despite what you may see on cartoons of someone brushing his or her teeth, you shouldn’t go side-to-side or left to right with your toothbrush. Instead, use a circular motion, working your way across each tooth and gum area. Think “massage” instead of “scrub".

4. Going Too Hard

Again, the purpose of brushing your teeth is to remove plaque and bacteria before it builds up and causes decay or gum disease. These are not substances that require a hard scrubbing. Save your energy and use moderate pressure and gentle strokes when brushing your teeth. It is more important to be thorough than to be aggressive.

5. Skipping Your Tongue

Another brushing mishap is that patients forget to brush their tongue. Your tongue harbors millions of bacteria. You need to brush all surfaces of your tongue before you spit and rinse. This will not only lead to a healthier smile, but it will give you fresher breath as well.

For more tips on brushing or to make sure you are doing it correctly, visit Dentistry of Highland Village. We do our best to make sure patients are getting the most out of their oral hygiene efforts.

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