Your toothbrush is your mouth’s best friend. Practicing good oral hygiene at home is your best defense against dangerous tooth decay and gum disease. In order to get the best results, it’s important that you are doing it right. Here are some of the most common brushing mistakes and how to correct them:
- You’re Using The Wrong Toothbrush: Not all toothbrushes are created equal and the best brush for one mouth might not be the best choice for yours. If your mouth is on the smaller side, your teeth will get cleaner using a smaller brush. For patients with sensitive gums, soft bristles are a better choice over hard ones. In fact, hard bristles are really not necessary for any mouths—even if you can tolerate them.
- You’re Brushing Too Much or Not Enough: Timing is everything. If you don’t spend enough time with your toothbrush you could be missing plaque and debris that are lurking throughout your mouth. Brush too long and you can actually damage the surface of your teeth and your gums. Aim for spending two minutes of your routine brushing your teeth.
- You Brush Immediately After Meals: Although it may seem like a good idea to brush right after you eat to remove food from your teeth, this can actually damage them. Here’s why: the acids and sugars in foods will temporarily soften the enamel on your teeth. Brushing while it is in this vulnerable state can actually wear away your enamel. Wait at least 30 minutes before you brush and if that isn’t possible, rinse your mouth out thoroughly with water.
- It’s Time To Ditch That Brush: Your toothbrush isn’t meant to last forever. Ideally, it should be gone after 3 months of use. Any longer and the bristles will not be effective and bacteria will begin to overrun it.
In addition to brushing and flossing at home, regular periodontal cleanings can ensure that your teeth and gums are clean and healthy. Visit Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants for a comprehensive oral health evaluation today.