Are You Brushing Your Teeth the Right Way?

Brushing your teeth seems so simple and part of your daily routine, but there are incorrect brushing techniques that maybe causing problems.

A common misconception is that brushing is enough, but in fact brushing alone misses more than half the germs in your mouth. It is just as important to clean between your teeth, as well as your tongue, cheeks, and floor of the mouth. You can do this by brushing, flossing, and rinsing to ensure every surface is clean.

People prefer medium or hard toothbrushes generally, but soft, round-ended bristles is typically what is recommended. When tartar or calculus builds up, it doesn’t matter how hard the brush is it won’t off. When plaque is soft, it will come off with a soft brush. The harder the brush, you can damage the delicate gum tissues.

You should replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months. When bristles become splayed out, they cannot properly clean the surfaces of the teeth.

Brushing back and forth is a common brushing mistake. You should brush in a circular motion, angling the bristles of the brush at a 45-degree angle to the gum line and focus on a few teeth at a time. This way you can clean under the gums, where most of the plaque is present.

People move all around their mouth without a set order. People tend to miss various surfaces as they brush, because it is hard to know where you have already cleaned. You should try to brush with a systematic approach, by trying to brush one quadrant of the mouth at a time.

Not a lot of force is needed to do a good job cleaning your teeth. Most people forget the bacteria and food particles after eating a meal is very soft in texture. Gentle brushing is all that is needed to remove the bacteria and food. Aggressive cleaning can cause gum recession.

One of the biggest problems is not brushing long enough. Typically they say about one to two minutes, but typically people only brush for about 30 seconds. It is important to access all areas of the mouth.

A lot of people slather way too much toothpaste onto your toothbrush. All you need is a pea size amount for most toothpaste, other wise the rest is wasted.

Just changing a few of your techniques may help improve your oral health. You can speak to your dentist and hygienist if you have any further questions. 352-795-1223.