To maintain optimal oral health, which means teeth are strong and in good condition, dentists recommend brushing the teeth at least twice per day. However, there are special techniques that must be applied to ensure the teeth receive the benefit of toothbrushing. Individuals tend to make mistakes without realizing how detrimental these mistakes are to their teeth. Understanding what not to do while brushing will help individuals maintain the beautiful smiles they desire.
A common mistake that individuals tend to make is not flossing before brushing. It’s vital to floss at least once daily before brushing so that excess food and bacteria are removed from between the teeth. Otherwise, the oral gunk will build up and turn into tartar and plaque, which if left untreated leads to cavities and gum disease.
Another common mistake is using the wrong sized toothbrush. Children should be using smaller toothbrushes that are comfortable in their hands and mouth. The same goes for adults. It matters not whether the toothbrush is manual or electrical, so long as it’s able to effectively reach all areas of the teeth.
Using a toothbrush with ineffective bristles is another common mistake. It’s vital that individuals educate themselves on the different types of bristles, which are usually straight, round, angled, and zigzag. Dentists typically recommend using angled bristles because they clean all the teeth properly. It’s also important to understand the quality of bristles; using hard bristles could negatively affect the teeth by eroding dental enamel, irritating gums, and causing gum recession.
Keeping a toothbrush for extended periods of time is another huge mistake. Toothbrushes should be changed every three to four months. Otherwise, they’ll lose their ability to keep the teeth cleaned due to becoming worn, weak, and broken.
When individuals first arise in the morning, it’s common to still feel tired or sluggish. It’s not uncommon to sleep through an alarm clock and wake up in a frenzy, rushing to get ready for the day. However, because of these reasons, individuals tend to make the mistake of not brushing long enough. It’s advised to brush for at least two minutes, which can seem long since the average time people spend brushing their teeth is forty-five seconds. It seems tedious, but the health results are long-lasting.
It’s common for individuals to brush their tongue after brushing their teeth, but this is another mistake because the tongue holds bacteria that can be hard to remove from bristles. It’s recommended to use a separate toothbrush to brush the tongue or use a tongue scraper.
At McBride Dental, we offer a number of recommendations for our patients on how to maintain an effective oral homecare care regimen.
At McBride Dental, we offer preventative care services to help our clients maintain a healthy and beautiful smile. Some of our services include X-rays, deep cleanings, dental sealants, and more. The overall goal of preventative care is to help the teeth avoid damage that could lead to tooth decay, gum disease, or other oral issues. If you are interested in preventative care and are in the San Diego area, call 760-471-1003 to schedule an appointment with us today.