Common Brushing Mistakes

Ever since you can remember, you’ve (hopefully) been brushing your teeth. It’s a habit that’s been embedded into your brain. It’s a step in your morning or evening routine that can sometimes pass by almost subconsciously, leading to bad habits and ultimately declined oral hygiene.  Here are a few mistakes people commonly make when brushing their teeth.


1. Selecting the right toothbrush for you. Make sure it is comfortable both in your hand and in your mouth. The more comfortable it is, the more likely you’ll want to use it for the full 2 minutes of brush time. It is best to use a toothbrush with firm enough bristles to eliminate plaque but soft enough that it won’t damage your teeth. In most cases, it’s best to use a toothbrush described as “soft.”

2. Be dedicated to brushing. As you’ve heard all your life, it is very important to brush at least twice a day for at least 2 minutes each. Many studies show that it is actually in your best interest to go above and beyond this 2 minutes, twice a day baseline. With that said, it is possible to brush too much. Brushing excessively can lead to the destruction of tooth enamel, leaving your teeth susceptible to cavities and decay. Another common mistake is to brush too hard. This will leave you with the same effect: irritation of the gums and teeth.

3. How do you brush? It may sound silly to receive advice on how to brush your teeth correctly. It seems like such an easy task, and it is! Many people use horizontal strokes across their teeth and although it will remove some plaque, there are better and more efficient ways to clean your teeth. It is ideal to hold your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle and to move it gently around your mouth with small, yet thorough strokes. Tip: try to begin brushing in different sections of your mouth in order to improve the areas you quickly move through as you finish brushing.

4. Remember to use a new toothbrush at least every 4 months, but 3 months is preferred. If the bristles have become worn or begin to irritate your teeth or gums, it’s time to change it out. Many toothbrushes today have indicators that will actually tell you when it’s time to replace.

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