Just about everyone knows the basics of brushing their teeth, like how many times a day to brush them, and how long to brush for, but there are many aspects that people aren’t aware of, causing them to make some very common, but major mistakes that can potentially harm dental health over time. Are you making any of these mistakes?
Brushing too hard
Some people are under the notion that when it comes to cleaning their teeth, the harder they scrub, the better. But it’s important to be gentle, brushing them lightly, as that harsher brushing actually damages teeth and gums. Treat your teeth as if they’re a priceless piece of furniture, lightly but thoroughly cleaning to keep them in tip-top shape. If you aren’t sure if you’re brushing too hard, talk to your Stuart, Fl dentist, but in the meantime look to see if the bristles are bending on your teeth when you brush – if they do, that’s a sign that you need to have a lighter touch.
Using the wrong kind of brush
Another common mistake is using a toothbrush that is too big or too small for the size of your mouth. That can prevent you from reaching all of the areas of your mouth, and all of your teeth may not be properly cleaned. Some people use a toothbrush with bristles that are too hard, and like brushing too hard, it can damage your gums. The American Dental Association advises using a brush with soft bristles.
Not replacing your toothbrush often enough
Most people hold onto their toothbrushes for far too long. The American Dental Association and your Stuart, Fl dentist recommend changing out your toothbrush every three to four months, as the bristles wear over time becoming less effective and they can gather bacteria, you may want to make a note on your calendar so that you don’t forget.
Brushing right after a meal
Many people are under the impression that brushing as soon as possible after a meal is the best way to go to keep your teeth healthy and clean, but doing so can actually damage them. That’s because during the first 30 minutes after a meal, the pH-level in your mouth is lower than it usually is, and more acidic, which means brushing tends to be more abrasive and harmful.
If you have any questions in regards to properly brushing and taking care of your teeth, the best place to ask is your Stuart, Fl dentist.