Brushing your teeth is an important part of your daily routine. Do you know if you’re actually doing it right?
Many people don’t realize that they are improperly brushing their teeth and may end up suffering from oral ailments like gum disease, gingivitis, periodontal disease, and more. In addition to regular visits to the dentist it is important to make sure that you are maintaining proper oral hygiene and paying attention to the details. Taking extra care will not only improve your oral health but also lower your dental bills. It’s a win-win situation.
Here are 5 ways you may be improperly brushing your teeth and how it can affect your oral health:
Brushing Too Hard
If you brush your teeth vigorously or when you’re in a rush, chances are you may be pushing your toothbrush too hard against the surface of the teeth. Brushing too hard can not only wear away the natural enamel of your teeth but it can also irritate the gums and cause sensitivity. Ease up on your toothbrush and your teeth will feel much better.
Brushing Too Often
Brushing your teeth too often will also cause enamel erosion and sensitivity. It may even damage your gums and result in receding gums. It is recommended that you brush no more than 3 times daily.
Using The Wrong Toothbrush
Similar to brushing too hard, using the wrong toothbrush can also cause irreversible damage to your teeth. Hard bristles can wear away the enamel of your teeth and irritate your gums. Using a toothbrush with soft or extra-soft bristles is recommended to ensure that you aren’t unknowingly hurting your teeth and gums.
Skipping The Floss
In addition to brushing, it is very important to floss in between your teeth at least once a day in order to prevent plaque from accumulating where your toothbrush can’t reach. Flossing is a crucial step in preventing cavities, decay, and gum disease and is vital to maintaining optimal oral health.
Using An Old Toothbrush
Maintaining the tools you use to brush your teeth is just as important as the process. If you are using an old toothbrush chances are that you are exposing your teeth and gums to built-up bacteria and misshapen bristles that no longer clean the teeth adequately. Replacing your toothbrush every 2-3 months will help prevent these problems from occurring.
If you feel like you may be brushing your teeth incorrectly or would like to learn more about oral hygiene, contact our office today to book an appointment with one of our team members.