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Some Brushing Habits Can Harm the Teeth

Some Brushing Habits Can Harm the Teeth

Most of us think of brushing as one of the best ways to take care of our teeth. Unfortunately, most of us do not know that some brushing habits can do far more harm than good. If you have bad brushing habits, you might be putting yourself at risk of dental problems. Our Northridge dentist can review your at-home dental routine during your next checkup, but some basic rules apply.

Common bad brushing habits include:

1. Using the wrong toothbrush
Anything other than a soft-bristled toothbrush could be too rough on the teeth, and it can end up scratching the enamel or irritating the gums. Use a soft toothbrush each time for a healthy smile.

2. Only brushing some of your teeth
If you are in a hurry, you may be tempted to brush only the visible teeth, or you may rush over some surfaces. This allows plaque to sit, and it can harden into tartar, which is impossible for you to remove at home. Take the time to brush each surface of each tooth for a smile that is both clean and beautiful.

3. Failure to floss
Is flossing really necessary as long as you brush thoroughly? No matter how carefully you brush, you cannot reach certain areas between your teeth or near the gum line, which is why flossing is so vital. Make sure to floss at least once daily.

4. Rushing the job
Whether you are in a hurry or are simply distracted, rushing the job will not give you the best results. Set a timer for two minutes to ensure you are brushing for the appropriate amount of time.

5. Failing to replace your brush
Your brush should be replaced every three months, after sickness and whenever the bristles begin to show signs of wear.

For the best results each time you brush, gently clean the outer, inner and chewing surfaces of your teeth using small, circular motions. Brush your gums and tongue to get rid of hidden bacteria, use floss or an interdental cleaner to clean between your teeth, and finish with a swish of fluoride mouthwash to ensure a bright and healthy smile.


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