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The Don’ts (and Dos) of Brushing Your Teeth

The Don’ts (and Dos) of Brushing Your Teeth

Many people are very good when it comes to their brushing routine, but other people may be forgetful about the essentials when it comes to tooth brushing. Here are 4 mistakes that you should never make when it comes to brushing your teeth.

4 Don’ts (and Dos) of Brushing Your Teeth

  1. Brushing too hard
  2. Don’t: Brushing your teeth too hard can damage tooth enamel and irritate gum tissue.

    Do: Brush your teeth gently to eliminate the chance of causing damage.

  3. Using a rough toothbrush
  4. Don’t: Using a rough-bristled toothbrush can cause the same damage as brushing your teeth too hard.

    Do: You should use a soft-bristled toothbrush that feels comfortable to hold.

  5. Using old / poorly maintained toothbrushes
  6. Don’t: It isn’t uncommon for some people to use their toothbrush until it is no longer usable. Many people may also forget to rinse their toothbrush and allow it to dry in between uses which always leads to adding bacteria to your mouth instead of removing it.

    Do: You should switch to a new toothbrush at least every 3 months while properly rinsing it and storing it in an appropriate area that will allow it to dry between uses.

  7. Brushing Improperly
  8. Don’t: Most people are guilty of brushing their teeth improperly, infrequently, and not as long as it is recommended to be done.

    Do: It is important to brush every tooth surface twice every day with gentle, vertical and circular strokes for at least two minutes to properly remove plaque.

Schedule an appointment with Smile Today for personal tips to help you improve your oral health.

Kyle Huish

Kyle Huish

Dr. Kyle Huish is a fifth generation native Arizonan. He was born and raised in Mesa and graduated from Arizona State University in 2006. He then went to Ohio State University for his dental education where he graduated top of his class. Afterwards Dr. Huish went on to further his dental education by studying in both New York City and Pittsburgh where he mastered advanced techniques in dental implants and dental sedation.
Kyle Huish

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