Oakland Dentist Shares Bad Brushing Habits
1. Brushing too aggressively
It is very important to be gentle with your teeth when brushing them. Many believe that the harder you brush, the more food and debris you will remove. And, while this is somewhat true, brushing too hard can also wear away at your tooth enamel. A gentle brushing is all that’s needed as too much pressure can cause damage to your gums.
2. Keeping a toothbrush for too long
The American Dental Association recommends that we change out toothbrushes at least every 3 or 4 months. So, it is a good idea to make a resolution to change your brush more often this year. Frayed bristles on your brush will not clean as well as a new toothbrush and will cause you to brush harder. Always remember that when you’re shopping for a new brush to always keep your eyes out for the ADA seal of approval.
3. Not Brushing for Long Enough
For those who simply stick their toothbrush in their mouth and scrub around a bit, it’s time listen carefully. For proper dental care, you should be brushing your teeth at least twice a day and for at least a full two minutes.
The average person only brushes for about 45 seconds, which, of course, can leave plenty of food, plaque, and bacteria lingering in your mouth.
4. Brushing Immediately After a Meal
While many of us can’t wait to brush after eating a meal, it is important to wait at least 60 minutes before brushing. This is especially important if you’ve eaten foods that contain a higher level of acids such lemons, grapefruits or sodas. After consuming these products, rinse your mouth with water or chew sugar-free gum and then wait a while before brushing.
5. Improper Technique
For the best and most thorough brushing, try to follow some of the following guidelines.
First, place your brush at about a 45* angle to your gums and then gently move the brush back and forth in short strokes. Always brush away from your gum line. Next, you will want to brush the outer and inner surfaces of your teeth and then finally the top, chewing parts of your teeth.
The final step is to try to clean the inside surfaces of your teeth by making gently circular motions along all your teeth.
If you have any questions for your Oakland dentist, or would like to schedule a professional cleaning with Oakland Dental Care, please call our office today at (510) 893-4041.