Are You Brushing Correctly?
Most of us have been brushing our teeth since we were quite small. Over the years, bad habits can creep into our brushing routine, though. These habits can leave you more susceptible to plaque and tartar buildup along with other associated problems, such as gum disease and cavities.
Common bad brushing habits include:
1. Rushing the job
Four out of five people brush for only 60 seconds or less, but this is not long enough to fully remove the plaque on your teeth. You need to brush for at least two minutes at a time to ensure each tooth is properly cleaned.
When you brush, do you focus on brushing or do you let your mind wander? The latter is easy to do, but it may lead to skipping entire sections of your mouth. Brush each surface of your teeth for about the same amount of time, and focus especially on the gum line. This is where most of the plaque and debris tend to hide.
Using back-and-forth motions or using too much pressure can damage the enamel on your teeth and your gums. Use gentle circular motions in order to efficiently clean your teeth without damaging your smile.
4. Using the wrong toothpaste
Abrasive whitening toothpaste can remove surface stains, but they can also damage your enamel if used too frequently. Use a restoring fluoride toothpaste periodically to give your teeth a break, and to help harden and rebuild enamel.
5. Failing to floss
If you are not flossing once a day, you may be at risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Use floss to clean between your teeth and remove debris from the gum line.
Call us today to find out more or to schedule your next dental exam and cleaning.
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