Harmful Brushing Habits

Harmful Brushing HabitsBrushing your teeth regularly can be one of the best dental health choices you can make. Brushing at least twice a day or after meals can decrease the oral bacteria that are linked to gum disease and tooth decay.

When brushing, you should brush all surfaces of your teeth, including the outer surface, the inner surface and the chewing surface using small circular motions. Brush or scrape your tongue to eliminate more bacteria, and use dental floss to clean along the gums and between the teeth.

Unfortunately, the wrong brushing techniques can damage rather than help your teeth.

1. Brushing too fast
Try to spend two to three minutes brushing your teeth every time you brush.

2. Not brushing all surfaces
Skipping the chewing surfaces, the area along your gumline or any other part of your teeth can leave plaque and bacteria to reproduce unchecked, where they leave behind acids that can eat away at your dental enamel and irritate your gums.

3. Using the wrong toothbrush
Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to minimize the risk of damage to your teeth, and brush gently.

4. Failing to floss
Even if you remove the plaque from all visible surfaces of your teeth, the spaces between your teeth can continue to harbor plaque. Flossing removes it.

5. Using the wrong toothpaste
Abrasive whitening toothpastes can wear down your enamel while toothpastes that lack fluoride may not offer all the protection you need. Talk to our dentist about the best toothpaste for your needs.

Contact our dentist in Northridge today to schedule your next checkup.

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