May 29, 2018
When you go to brush, do you ever feel sensitivity afterwards? Are your gums ever sore? Do you still have bad breath? According to your dentist, many patients find that their brushing habits aren’t up to par, but this isn’t their fault. Turns out, many people aren’t aware how their brushing habits could be hurting their oral health, rather than helping it.
That’s why your local dentist wanted to offer some helpful tips to make brushing easier and more effective. Take a moment to consider them today!
Tip #1: Consider Changing Your Toothbrush
When you pick a toothbrush, do you just choose any brush you find on the shelf at your grocery store? If you’re noticing issues, it may be because the bristles of your brush aren’t soft enough, causing your mouth to become irritated. Hard bristles can actually damage enamel. Additionally, if it doesn’t feel comfortable in your hand or mouth, consider buying a brush with a different handle or head.
The ADA recommends patients change their toothbrush or brush heads every three months.
Tip #2: Take Your Time
It’s essential that you brush for at least 2 minutes at a time, twice a day. If you’re late to work or you’re simply too tired before bed, remember that it’s your oral health that’s at stake. To pass the time, try listening to a song between 2 and 3 minutes long. This way, you brush for long enough without brushing for too long, which can also damage enamel.
If you ever brush your teeth right after a meal, you’re actually doing the acids in your mouth a favor. Instead, wait 15 to 20 minutes to brush after a meal, or simply rinse the acids out with water beforehand. Remember, saliva is fighting harmful acids before you even start brushing.
Tip #3: Be Gentle!
Brushing harder isn’t necessarily better. Many patients believe if they brush harder then they won’t have to brush as long or as often. In reality, they’re only wearing down enamel more quickly. Plaque doesn’t require a lot of effort to remove. Instead of vigorously scrubbing, go for a massaging approach.
Tip #4: Modify Your Technique
Many patients were taught to scrub their teeth back and forth as a kid, so the habit never left. However, a much better technique is using small, up-and-down, circular motions starting from the gumline. Not only is this technique better but you’re also less likely to damage your teeth.
Furthermore, large amounts of bacteria accumulate where the teeth meet the gums (gumline) and on the tongue-side of teeth, two areas people often forget while brushing.
Tip #5: Give Your Mouth The Full Treatment
At least once a day, it’s worth it to give your mouth the full, oral care treatment, not just typical brushing. If you don’t already floss, choose one time during the day that you include it in your routine. For additional protection, use mouthwash to loosen plaque and strengthen enamel after brushing.
Looking for more tips on improving your brushing habits? Your dentist would love to help! Schedule an appointment with your dentist today!
About the Author
Dr. Kim-Ngan Do earned her dental degree from the Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry. She’s committed to connecting with patients one-on-one and treating them the way she’d want to be treated. To learn more about her practice, contact her through her website.
No comments yet.
RSS feed for comments on this post.
Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.