Brushing your teeth is a vital element of your daily dental care routine. Yet, many of us, despite being diligent brushers, find ourselves facing dental issues. There are various reasons why dental problems can occur, but the core of good oral health lies in proper brushing. Regular and correct brushing is the foundation of dental hygiene. Here’s a list of key practices and mistakes to avoid in brushing to ensure you’re effectively caring for your teeth.
- Correct Angling: When brushing your teeth’s front and back surfaces, hold your brush at a 45-degree angle to your gums.
- Comprehensive Coverage: Don’t miss brushing all chewing surfaces with short, horizontal strokes.
- Sufficient Time: Follow the American Dental Association’s guideline of brushing for two minutes, at least twice a day. Don’t hurry; use a timer or a melody to ensure you’re brushing long enough.
Mistakes to Avoid:
- Applying Excessive Pressure: Overzealous brushing can damage tooth enamel. Gentle strokes are more effective.
- Regular Brush Replacement: The ADA suggests changing your toothbrush or electric brush head every three to four months, or earlier if the bristles start to fray.
- Ignoring Your Tongue: Clean your tongue during each brushing session to eliminate bacteria and prevent bad breath.
- Seeking Professional Advice: Consult with your dentist or dental hygienist for personalized guidance on your brushing technique, ensuring a healthy and appealing smile.
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Patrick J. Soria, DDS