14 Toothbrushing Mistakes: Part 1


Do you diligently brush your teeth two times a day? There is a good chance that the way you’ve been brushing your teeth all these years could be wrong!

In this two part series we will be giving you some pointers and tips on how to brush better and keep those pearly whites happy and healthy!

1. You’re Likely Brushing Your Teeth Too Hard.

Hard and vigorous brushing over time can lead to wearing down the enamel and gum recession exposing the root of your tooth. This can result in a need for root canals, fillings, and even extractions. Try to remember that plaque is soft and doesn’t require aggressive brushing. Being thorough is much more important!

2. You’re Likely Holding Your Brush Too Tight.

Adding to number 1, holding your brush with a heavy grip can lead to brushing too hard.

3. Your Toothbrush Bristles Are Possibly Too Hard.

Did you know toothbrushes come in different levels of softness? I’m sure your gums have noticed if you accidentally purchased a medium or hard toothbrush! The softer the better as hard bristles can weaken your tooth enamel.

4. You’re Likely Holding It at the Wrong Angle.

The American Dental Association recommends you hold your toothbrush bristles at a 45 degree angle to your teeth. Make sure to brush in tiny circles or small strokes (think one tooth at a time). Brush all the surfaces of your tooth that you can reach including the inside and biting surface.

5. You’re Likely Not Brushing Long Enough.

The American Dental Association says that you should brush for two minutes. Take your time and really focus on brushing each tooth. We recommend an electric toothbrush. Not only does it do a lot of the work for you, most come with a two minute timer.

6. You May Be Forgetting to Brush Your Tongue.

Your tongue is covered with bacteria and food that gets caught causing bad breath. The majority of people brush their teeth twice a day, but are they making sure to brush their tongues too? Seems crazy but brushing that gunk off can reduce the bad breathe in your mouth.

7. You’re Likely Not Watching What You’re Doing.

In today’s society doing just one thing at a time seems wasteful. You’re not doing yourself any favors by multi-tasking while brushing.  Instead of checking Facebook or finishing up those last minute chores, look at yourself in the mirror. Really focus on brushing each and everyone one of your teeth, all the way to your gum line.

You can read the tips 8-14 in part 2.

If you have any questions please call our office, we’re happy to help!

Updated 1.15.19

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