Five mistakes you might be making while brushing your teeth

Brush, floss, and see the dentist. These are the top three priorities when it comes to your oral health and wellness. However, there are many things that patients do wrong that might be impacting their oral health and well. It is vital that patients keep their teeth and gums clean to avoid bad breath, periodontal disease, and cavities. But there are other mistakes that patients make that should be corrected to keep the smile both beautiful and healthy.

Here are some common mistakes patients make when it comes to caring for their oral health:

  • Using an old toothbrush. It is recommended in the dental community that patients replace their toothbrush at least every six months or after they have had an illness (to avoid reinfecting themselves). It is also important to replace a toothbrush if it is frayed. Frayed toothbrush bristles do not clean as well and can work against your efforts.
  • Forgetting to brush the tongue. The tongue can be the landing ground for all types of bacteria that thrive in the mouth, and can be the reason for chronic bad breath. Be sure to brush the tongue, or even utilize a tongue scraper in your oral healthcare routine.
  • Brushing aggressively. Brushing harder doesn’t mean you’re brushing faster or better. Instead, it just causes redness, swelling, and bleeding of the gums. At the same time, it can cause the bristles of your toothbrush to fray, making it less effective. Use a gentle pressure when brushing the teeth and gums to avoid discomfort.
  • Sharing a toothbrush. The mouth has both good bacteria and bad, and this bacteria can remain on a toothbrush long after its been used. Do not share a toothbrush with another individual, as it can transfer bacteria from one person to another.
  • Not brushing long enough. Patients should take the time to brush properly. The American Dental Association recommends brushing teeth approximately two minutes or more. When you don’t brush long enough, you are likely to miss areas of the mouth that can become problematic later on.

Interested in learning more about how to properly care for your smile?

Connect with Dr. Steven E. Holbrook and his team in Albuquerque, NM to discuss your needs. His facility is located at 8228 Louisiana Boulevard, NE Suite C and accepts new patients who call (505) 881-1159 to make an appointment.

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