8 Mistakes You Probably Don’t Know You Are Making While Brushing Your Teeth ( Part 1)

We all know just how important it is to take good care of our teeth and visiting your Stuart, Fl. dentist is a big part of the process. But did you know that the way you brush could actually make you more prone to tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease? It’s true. Today we are breaking down four mistakes you might be making while you brush your teeth.

You don’t brush long enough…

Dentists recommend brushing for two to three minutes, but many people don’t make it that long. In fact, most people don’t spend nearly enough time brushing. Set a timer or check your watch when you start. You will be able to see how long you are brushing for and if you can make it through the full two or three minutes.

You’re not watching what you are doing…

Look at yourself in the mirror while you brush! The gum line is the most important area – and it’s easy to miss. If you don’t brush your gum line well, plaque, tartar, and bacteria can build up and cause gingivitis. Remember to watch your molars, too. You could miss them if the brush head hits your cheek before you get to them.

Your technique needs a major makeover…

Hold the brush at a 45-degree angle to the surface of your teeth and brush in small circles. Brushing side to side can cause rods to break, which will lead to cracks and weakening teeth.

You’re brushing too hard…

Brushing with too much force can cause enamel to break. In addition, sideways brushing can cause abfraction lesions. When more pressure is added, these lesions deepen into your tooth’s inner dentin and cementum layers. Aggressive brushing can also be disturbing for sensitive gums.

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