You may assume that just because you’re brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing daily (you are, right?), that you’ve got this dental hygiene thing covered. However, chances are there are some improvements you can make to improve your oral health.
Dentist Scott Veal of Veal Dental Care, located in Dunwoody, Georgia, has seen first-hand what brushing mistakes can do to people’s teeth over time. Here, he shares five things you may be doing wrong and how to fix them.
1. You’re using the wrong toothbrush
Most people just grab a toothbrush without looking to see if it’s hard, soft, or medium. Is the head big enough to cover teeth or too big for your small mouth? Soft bristles are the best all-around because they can bend and get to all the right places on your teeth. Your dentist can recommend the best type or brand of toothbrush for your teeth.
2. You’re brushing too aggressively
Some people think harder is better when it comes to brushing your teeth. Scrubbing hard will get all the plaque and food particles off, right? Wrong. Brushing too aggressively can irritate your gums. Soft, gentle brushing is all that’s necessary.
3. You’re forgetting your gum line
Gums are important, too. Don’t forget them. Gently massaging your gum line helps loosen up the bacteria that often collects just at the base. Again, don’t brush your gums too vigorously but don’t solely focus on your chewing area, either.
4. You’re not replacing your toothbrush
When’s the last time you replaced your toothbrush? If you can’t remember, chances are you’ve had it too long. If you’ve had your toothbrush for more than four months, it’s time to buy a new one. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends replacing your toothbrush every three to four months. When your toothbrush starts to look a little scruffy with broken or worn-out bristles, it’s time to toss and replace it with one that will do a better job.
5. You’re not brushing long enough
How long would you say you brush your teeth? The average amount of time people spend brushing, according to the ADA, is about 45 seconds. Sound like you? Well, that’s not nearly long enough. You should be brushing for two minutes each time. If that sounds like a long time, consider multitasking and doing squats or calf raises while brushing!
Need more brushing and oral health advice? Call Veal Dental Care to make an appointment with Dr. Veal or request one online through this website.
Veal Dental Care
Phone: (770) 395-1155
1867 Independence Square, Ste 104
Dunwoody, GA 30388