Do you think that brushing teeth is the simplest task in our everyday routine? We perform brushing on autopilot: rinse mouth, apply toothpaste, then brush teeth.
We brush our teeth twice daily, which is great. However, you might be unaware that there are common brushing habits that you should break. How does one mess up this seemingly ‘easiest’ task in their daily routine?
Dr. Sarah Kong, your Dallas dentist, and her team of caring professionals are happy to go over some of the bad brushing habits that you need to break this year.
1. Brushing too hard
Maybe you thought that brushing harder will effectively remove all the bacteria and leftover food from your mouth, but in reality, a gentle brushing is all you need to do. Be gentle with your teeth. Brushing too hard will eventually damage your gums and wear down the hard outer shell of your teeth.
2. Brushing too quickly
A lot of us brush in a hurry. We thought that our teeth will be clean, as long as we are brushing twice a day. An average person brushes for only 45 seconds, but it is recommended that you brush your teeth for at least two minutes, twice a day. One great way that you can ensure that you are brushing your teeth long enough is to set a timer or to listen to a 2-minute song while you brush.
3. Getting too attached to your toothbrush
The American Dental Association recommends replacing your toothbrush every three months. Make a resolution this year to change your toothbrush with every change of the season! If the bristles become broken or start to fray, it is time to let go. Make sure that you purchase a toothbrush that has the ADA Seal of Acceptance.
4. Brushing too soon after eating
It’s best to wait at least 30 minutes after meals before brushing. This is important most especially if you ate or drank something acidic, such as lemons or soda. Chew sugarless gum or drink water to help clean your mouth while you wait.
5. Improper storage
Do not keep your toothbrush in a closed container such as a cupboard, drawer, or travel toothbrush holder. Store your toothbrush upright. It’s also best if you let it air dry in the open.