You are probably aware that brushing your teeth on a daily basis is an important element of preserving your dental health. However, you may have some bad habits that you don’t even know about. Review this list, and see if there are any changes you need to make to your oral hygiene routine. Your dentist can also advise you of adjustments that you might want to consider.
Brushing for Too Short of a Period of Time
Did you know that the average person only brushes their teeth for about 45 seconds when the ideal duration is two minutes? If you’ve been underdoing it, you might consider an electric toothbrush with a built in timer.
Brushing Too Hard
Some patients think that more force is better when it comes to brushing, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. If you apply too much pressure, you can actually damage your enamel and your gum tissue. You should also be using a soft bristled brush for the best dental results.
Using a Toothbrush that is Too Old
Toothbrushes break down and become less effective over time. Change your toothbrush every 3-4 months. Make a note on the calendar if you need a reminder to take care of this important dental task!
Using Incorrect Technique
If you’re not using proper brushing technique, you may not be effective at removing plaque and tartar from your smile. Be sure to angle the brush to 45 degrees and brush horizontally along the gumline and tilt the toothbrush behind the front teeth and use vertical strokes to clean this area. Your dentist or hygienist can give you a refresher on tooth brushing technique if you feel that this would be beneficial.
Brushing After Eating
Acid residue from food or beverages can weaken your teeth, so brushing immediately after a meal can actually harm them. Brush before you eat or wait at least 60 minutes after your meal.
Do you have additional questions about how to maintain optimal oral hygiene? If so, call Howl Dental at 918-749-1626 and speak to one of our knowledgeable staff members or touch base the next time you’re in for a cleaning or exam.