14 Toothbrushing Mistakes: Part 2

14 Toothbrushing Mistakes: Part 2

Here are a few more pointers on what you may be doing wrong while brushing and help you fix those mistakes!

In case you missed part 1, you can read it here tips 1-7 in part 1.

Do your kids make some of these mistakes?

8. You may not be flossing regularly (Trust us, we know when you don’t)

You may have heard recent claims in the media that the benefits of flossing are unproven.  Flossing helps get the bacteria between your teeth that your toothbrush can’t reach.

9. You may not be changing your toothbrush often enough.

We recommend changing your toothbrush every three to four months. Old, worn out, and cracked bristles can begin to harbor bacteria which you don’t want to be brushing your teeth with.

10. You shouldn’t store your toothbrush in a closed container.

While traveling it’s ok to keep your toothbrush in a closed container, but storing it this way on a daily basis is not recommended. Without proper air circulation bacterial growth can form on your toothbrush. We recommend storing your tooth brush in an open cup on your counter.

11. You use your significant others toothbrush.

Just say no! There are multiple reasons why this is not advised, one being using someone else’s toothbrush can increase your risk of infection. Your body is not ready to take on someone else’s germs.

12. Not replacing your toothbrush after illness.

It’s always a good idea to replace your toothbrush after you are sick.

13. You’re constantly disinfecting your toothbrush.

No need to do this. The best way is to run your toothbrush under water and store it up right to let it dry out.

14. If you’re not brushing before bed (Shame shame!)

We understand, sometimes after a long hard day the idea of spending two whole minutes brushing your teeth before bed seems like an eternity and it would be much easier just to skip out. Don’t do it! Not brushing before bed is giving all those germs in your mouth 8-10 hours (depending on how long you sleep) to turn into plaque, causing decay and irritating your gums.

No one is perfect, but if we start with small changes in brushing our teeth it can improve your dental health and your overall medical health as well.

If you have questions about any of these topics please give us a call, we are happy to help further explain.

You can read the tips 1-7 in part 1.

Updated 2.5.19

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