5 Brushing Mistakes to Avoid
Brushing may seem simple enough, especially because most of us have been brushing our teeth on our own since we were young children. However, there are a few common mistakes that you may be unknowingly making when you brush your teeth. Here at Coastal Periodontics, we’re passionate about patient education. We want you to be aware of these mistakes so that you can avoid making them and so you can teach your children to avoid them as well.
Common Brushing Mistakes to Avoid
Below are 5 very common toothbrush mistakes to avoid making:
- Using the same brush for too long – Your toothbrush should be replaced after 3 months or once you begin to notice that the bristles are frayed. You should also consider replacing your toothbrush after you’ve recovered from an illness such as the flu, the cold, or any other contagious illness.
- Sharing toothbrushes – This one may seem obvious, but you’d be surprised how many families share toothbrushes. Please make sure that each member of your family has his or her own personal toothbrush.
- Improperly storing your brush – Your toothbrush should be stored in a closed cabinet in the upright position. If this isn’t possible, you can use a toothbrush cover that has an antibacterial coating. This will protect your brush from any germs in the air, keeping it sterile and healthy.
- Brushing too hard – Brushing your teeth too vigorously can cause the enamel to weaken and wear away, making your teeth vulnerable to dental cavities and increasing tooth sensitivity. Instead, use a soft bristled toothbrush and be gentle when you’re brushing your teeth.
- Brushing for less than two minutes – Lastly, if you’re not brushing your teeth for a full two minutes, there’s a good chance you aren’t cleaning them properly. Brushing every surface of every tooth thoroughly should take about two minutes. Any less and you may be leaving some plaque behind.
The best way to make sure your teeth are healthy and clean, it’s vital to practice good at-home oral hygiene. This includes brushing your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes at a time, flossing every day, and visiting your general dentist every six months for a dental cleaning and exam.