If you’re like most people, you probably brush your teeth twice a day. But are you doing it correctly? If not, you may be making some common toothbrushing mistakes that can damage your teeth and gums. In this blog post, we will discuss the most common toothbrushing mistakes and how to avoid them. We’ll also provide some tips on how to brush your teeth properly so that you can keep your smile healthy and sparkling!
Not Using the Right Toothbrush
One of the most common toothbrushing mistakes is using the wrong type of toothbrush. There are different types of toothbrushes available on the market, and it’s important to choose one that is appropriate for your needs. It is recommended that you should use a soft-bristled brush. And if you have braces or other dental appliances, you may need to use a special toothbrush that is designed for those purposes. Talk to your dentist about which type of toothbrush is right for you. You can also look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance to find the right toothbrush.
Not Switching Toothbrushes Regularly
Another common mistake is not switching toothbrushes often enough. You should replace your toothbrush every three to four months, or sooner if the bristles start to fray or fade in color. A worn-out toothbrush won’t clean your teeth as effectively and can actually damage your gums. Not to mention your toothbrush can collect a lot of bacteria. So be sure to switch out your toothbrush on a regular basis.
Using the Wrong Brushing Technique
Many people also brush their teeth using the wrong technique. You should use gentle, circular motions when brushing your teeth, and be sure to brush the front, back, and top of each tooth. You should avoid scrubbing the teeth in a back and forth motion since this can damage your enamel. Also, be careful not to brush too hard, as this can also damage your enamel and irritate your gums.
Not Brushing Long Enough
Another common mistake is not brushing your teeth for long enough. You should brush your teeth for at least two minutes. If you don’t brush for long enough, you won’t remove all of the plaque and bacteria from your teeth, which can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Try setting a timer or purchasing an electric toothbrush that has a timer built in to ensure that you are brushing long enough.
Brushing at the Wrong Times
Another mistake people make is brushing their teeth at the wrong time. You should brush your teeth twice a day, in the morning and evening. However, you should avoid brushing immediately after eating or drinking, as this can damage your tooth enamel. Wait at least 30 minutes after eating or drinking before brushing your teeth. You should also floss before brushing your teeth in the evening so that the fluoride can work its way in between the teeth.
Missing Certain Places
When you’re brushing your teeth, be sure to brush all of the surfaces of your teeth, including the front, back, and top. Many people forget to brush the backs of their teeth or along the gums, which can lead to plaque buildup and tooth decay. So be sure to brush all of your teeth thoroughly.
Rinsing After Brushing
Finally, many people make the mistake of rinsing their mouth with water after brushing their teeth. This can actually wash away the fluoride from your toothpaste, which is important for preventing tooth decay. Instead of rinsing with water, just spit out the toothpaste after brushing.
By avoiding these common mistakes, you can keep your smile healthy and sparkling! For more tips on dental care, be sure to schedule an appointment with Sisko Dentistry. We can help you maintain a healthy mouth and teeth. Thanks for reading! We hope this was helpful. Until next time!
Dr. Gerald Sisko graduated from Ohio State University College of Dentistry in 1987. He is an active member of the American Dental Association, the Ohio Dental Association, and the Akron Dental Society where he is currently holding a council position. He has had the honor and distinction of being awarded “TOP DENTIST” in Akron and Cleveland as well as Northeast Ohio for the last several consecutive years.