The Top Brushing Mistakes to Avoid
Posted on 6/20/2015 by Anthony M. DiCesare
|Brushing your teeth seems like an easy enough task, right? Typically it is, but many of us get comfortable with our habits and forget to pay attention to what we are doing. You might not even realize that you are harming your oral health as a result. Summertime is a great time to reassess your oral health habits and make small changes where necessary. Remember, it is all in the name of good oral health, which means optimal overall health because your mouth is the gateway to the rest of your body.
Brushing too HardSometimes when we are in a hurry, many of us are guilty of brushing our teeth too hard. We think that by brushing harder, we can take less time on our teeth but do just as good of a job. The opposite is actually true; the harder you brush, the more damage you do to your teeth and gums. Depending on how hard you brush, the enamel of your teeth could be damaged, which means weaker teeth as the enamel is your tooth's protection or your gums could become irritated, which could lead to gum disease.
Not Using the Right Motion
Do you brush in slow, circular motions or rather quick side-to-side motions? Side-to-side motions can do damage to your teeth as your enamel is again at risk. Instead, try moving in slow, clockwise circular motions in every area of your mouth. This not only ensures that your enamel is protected, but also allows you to hit every area of your teeth and gums, eliminating all bacteria and plaque from your mouth.
Not Providing Equal Attention to both Sides of your Mouth
Many people favor one side of their body, which includes their mouth. If you are right-handed, you might pay more attention to the right side of your mouth than your left. This is usually subconscious, but it wreaks havoc on your oral health. Rather than succumbing to this risk, divide your mouth into quadrants. In every quadrant, you should be spending at least 30 seconds properly brushing your teeth. When you focus on brushing like this, you will ensure that one side does not get favored over another, allowing you to have a lower chance of tooth decay or gum disease.
Skipping the FlossMany people think that if they are brushing their teeth well that they do not have to floss. This is one of the largest mistakes you can make. Flossing is just as important as brushing as it is the only way to get in between your teeth. The toothbrush cannot get into these areas, which means food debris could be left behind. That debris eventually turns into plaque, which causes gum disease. This plaque can only be removed by dental professionals - you cannot do it on your own no matter how hard or how often you brush and floss. This could all be prevented by flossing at least once a day. It only takes a few minutes of your time, but it could save your oral and even physical health as gum disease and heart disease are directly related.
Now is a great time to reassess your dental health habits. Do you notice that you are making any of these mistakes? Take the time to fix them today! Any of these oversights can cause your oral health to be at risk for some serious issues. All it takes is a few minutes to make things right again!
If it has been awhile since your last dental checkup, please call us for an appointment today. We will help you evaluate your oral health habits and how they change to help your health!