When was the last time you got a tutorial from your dentist about how to brush your teeth? If it’s been a while – ask at your next dental cleaning in Sarasota, FL! Brushing your teeth the right way is important for ensuring that your teeth and gums are healthy. Below are some of the most common mistakes that people make while brushing their teeth.
1. You don’t brush your teeth long enough.
You’re supposed to brush your teeth for about two minutes – but most people don’t even brush for this amount of time. If you’re rushing through the tooth brushing process, you’re almost certainly not brushing your teeth as well as they need to be brushed, which means that you could be putting your teeth at risk. If you’re not sure how long you spend brushing your teeth, get an electric toothbrush that pulses when the two minutes are up – or set a timer.
2. You don’t replace your toothbrush frequently enough.
You should be replacing your toothbrush every three to four months, according to the American Dental Association. If you’re failing to replace your toothbrush when you should, the bristles might become hard and curved, which makes your toothbrush far less effective. If you’re not sure how long it’s been since you replaced your toothbrush, get a new brush and then mark your calendar, so you’ll know when to replace it next.
3. You brush too hard.
Gentle brushing is good enough. If you’re brushing too hard, you might do damage to your gums. To brush your teeth, apply gentle pressure and move your toothbrush in small circles on your teeth and gums.
4. You brush your teeth quickly after meals.
Lots of people are tempted to brush their teeth immediately after they finish eating – but this is actually bad for your teeth. Wait at least an hour after eating to brush.
5. You brush with a hard toothbrush.
Hard toothbrushes can do damage to your gums. Use a toothbrush with bristles that are labeled “soft.”
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If you have more questions about how to best brush your teeth, contact your dentist in Sarasota, FL. Make an appointment today to find out more.