5 Brushing Mistakes to Avoid

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5 Brushing Mistakes to Avoid

Brushing your teeth, it’s as much a part of a daily routine as waking up every morning and going to bed every night.  To make certain you are doing your  best to keep your teeth clean and healthy, try to avoid these common brushing mistakes:

Boy with tooth brush

 1) Not Brushing For Long Enough 

Dentists recommend two minutes each time you brush your teeth.

2) Brushing Too Hard

When you brush too hard you can damage your tooth enamel which is what protects your teeth from bacteria.  Using small concentric circles is the best method to remove plaque bacteria and stains.

3) Not Giving All Teeth Equal Attention

Your  best bet for healthy teeth is to spend 30 seconds on each quarter of your mouth so each tooth gets equal attention.

4) Brushing Straight After Eating

It’s best to wait 30 minutes after eating, especially if you’ve just eaten acidic foods such as fruit. which can temporarily weaken your protective enamel.

5) Forgetting To Rinse

A good rinse with clean, cold water is the best way to get rid of any particles that are left behind after flossing and brushing.

Sources: http://worldental.org/oral-hygiene/5-common-mistakes-avoid-brushing-teeth/

 

 

About Dr. Gregory Mansour

Owner of The Family Laser & Cosmetic Dentistry Center

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