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3 Important Habits You Should Be Committed To When Brushing Your Teeth

September 22, 2014 No Comments


Has brushing your teeth become so habitual that you approach it with a lackadaisical attitude?  If so, we want to reinvigorate your brushing routine by recommending 3 great brushing habits.  Ready?  Let’s take a look…

 1.  Brush for 2-3 Minutes.

Many people brush their teeth quickly. Did you know that dentists recommend spending 2-3 minutes each time you brush? Brushing for the correct amount of time reduces mouth bacteria that leads to gingivitis and periodontitis.  To test if you are brushing long enough, set a timer in the bathroom. You might just be surprised at the amount of time your brushing!

2.  Be gentle when you brush.

All too often, we see people with worn enamel and damaged gums from overzealous brushing.  Easy does it!  Avoid brushing vigorously and be sure to use a soft-headed toothbrush.  This will help keep your teeth and gums in great shape, preventing enamel erosion that leads to increased tooth sensitivity.

3.  Brush with small, circular motions.

It’s common for people to brush with wide, sweeping strokes across their teeth.  However, as with hard brushing, this can ultimately be damaging.  Instead, aim to hold the brush at a 45-degree angle and brush in a circular motion over just a few teeth at a time.  Then, move on to the next section of your mouth. Pay special attention to the oft-neglected back and inner sides of the teeth to remove bacteria hidden there.  Finally, use an alcohol-free fluoride mouthwash to rinse after you brush; this will give you continued fluoride protection.

Brushing your teeth is such a common, everyday habit that many times we forget to pay attention to the basics.  By committing to these basic brushing habits, your teeth will remain in tip-top shape between your dental cleanings, which is what we love to see! Overdue for a cleaning? Don’t forget you can easily request an appointment right here on our website!