Dentist In Edmond: Toothbrushing Done Incorrectly
When it comes to your at home dental care it may seem simple enough. After all, you can just go to the store, pick out any toothbrush, and get busy with your toothbrushing routine as soon as you get home, right? The truth is that there are quite a few toothbrushing mistakes which are often made by many dental patients. Today, our dentist in Edmond is sharing a few of these mistakes as you could be doing some things incorrectly.
- Choosing The Wrong Brush: Bristles range from soft to hard and often times our dentist in Edmond hears patients say they believe the harder bristles help them clean their teeth better. The truth of the matter is that the bristles need to be soft enough to bend and get under the gums, without doing damage to them. Additionally, some people also have smaller mouths than others so don’t get a brush size that is too large for you.
- Pushing Too Hard: It’s ok to want to be thorough when brushing your teeth, but it’s not safe to push down against teeth too hard. Our dentist in Edmond suggests using a softer, more massage like motion to gently loosen the plaque from your teeth without destroying your enamel.
- Getting Into A Hurry: If you brush at least twice per day that usually leaves the option of brushing once in the morning and once at night. In the morning it can get hectic as you try to get out the door for work, school, or whatever activity you’re going to. At night, after a long day you may be inclined to brush quickly to jump into bed. Our advice is to slow down. Take at least 2-3 minutes to brush your teeth ensuring to get all the way in the back and between grooves.
- Keeping The Brush Too Long: It can be intimidating standing in the toothbrush isle as there are tons of toothbrush options so we get that when you finally find one you like that you just want to keep it for a while. As we once mentioned in an old blog post (found here), our dentist in Edmond recommends changing your toothbrush out every 22 days to prevent bent or dirty bristles from entering your mouth. Additionally, frayed bristles can cause tooth damage and you don’t want that!
Our dentist in Edmond, Ballinger Family Dentistry, hopes that these mistakes listed above will help you recognize what you may have been doing wrong. We also hope that the solutions we have provided will allow you to improve your toothbrushing technique! To learn more stick around for part two of this series, which will be posted next week!
If you’re needing to book an appointment with Ballinger Family Dentistry, please give us a call at 405-844-8445.