You’ve seen dozens of commercials out there asking if you’ve got the right toothbrush, if you’re using the right technique. Your dentist has likely asked you as well if you’re doing all the right things when it comes to brushing your teeth at night and in the morning. You could be doing it all wrong, and you could actually be causing more damage than you are helping your teeth if you don’t get it right.
There are more than a few common mistakes people make when it comes to brushing their teeth.
The wrong toothbrush, the wrong technique, brushing too much, you’d be surprised all the ways you can cause more harm than good to your mouth through the way you brush.
As a way to help you prepare for your next dental visit, we’ve outlined common tooth brushing mistakes below and ways to avoid them.
Using the Wrong Brush
It may seem like all brushes are the same, but you’d be surprised at the nuances of picking the right toothbrush. Hard bristles can actually do a fair bit of damage to gum tissue, especially if you already know you have a gum disease problem or sensitive gums. Look for brushes marked “soft” on the packaging to make sure you’re not causing undue harm to your gums.
Brushing in Circles
When you were a kid, you were likely told to brush in circles to make sure you cover as much surface area on the tooth as possible. That was good for when you had smaller teeth, but as you become an adult it’s important to adjust your brushing technique. You’ll want to move forward and back, tilting the brush to get the best angle and remove all the hidden plaque.
Forgetting to Brush Your Tongue
Many people only focus on brushing their teeth and neglect one of the most prominent places that bacteria can grow: the tongue. Many toothbrushes now come equipped with brushing tools designed for the tongue. But even just brushing the bristles over your tongue when you finish brushing your teeth will do wonders towards getting rid of bacteria in your mouth.
How Often Should I Replace My Toothbrush?
While many people opt to wait to get a new brush when they visit the dentist, you’re likely going to need a new one more often than that. The ADA recommends replacing your toothbrush every three months at the most, and especially replacing it if the bristles look frayed or flattened as they will be far less effective.
How Often Should I Visit the Dentist?
Phobias and discomfort make people want to avoid the dentist like a plague, but it’s necessary to get your teeth professionally cleaned and examined thoroughly at least twice a year to avoid damage. If you have any dental issues before your next scheduled checkup, its important to be proactive and see your dentist.
Don’t let your dental health falter because of bad habits. Brushing your teeth is one of the easiest ways to maintain health but can also be a point of mistakes.
Dental health is important. Having a healthy mouth can improve your quality of life and overall health. Let our Walled Lake dental practice help! Dr. Hechtman has been providing dental care for over 40 years. Our goal at Walled Lake Dentistry is to work with our patients in achieving and maintaining long term dental health and a beautiful smile. Call us today at 248-669-5221 and get started on healthy mouth and smile!