toothbrushIf you’re like most people, then you have been brushing your teeth ever since you could remember. However, haven’t you stopped to think if you were actually brushing the right way? Here are some of the most common brushing mistakes that dentists have noticed from among their patients:

1. Using the wrong sized toothbrush.

When you pick a toothbrush, you need to make sure that the size of the head is commensurate to that of your mouth. Sometimes, it’s easier for older kids to handle brushes which were meant for toddlers, and maybe you’ve committed the mistake of making your little kids use a regular-sized toothbrush because those were the only ones available at your home. However, you should feel comfortable when handling your toothbrush and that includes having one with a handle that fits the size of your hand and a head that your mouth can easily accommodate.

2. Choosing the wrong bristle type.

It’s actually not the angle of the bristles which dentists are very particular with. Rather, they stress that individuals should pick toothbrushes which have softer bristles. Brushes with hard bristles can inflame the gums of the brusher especially when one is exerting too much effort. This can lead to a condition known as gingivitis. This mild inflammation of the gums makes the mucous membrane prone to bleeding and it isn’t uncommon for sufferers to notice streaks of blood when they are brushing their teeth. Gingivitis could lead to receding gums and an aggravated condition called periodontitis.

3. Brushing too quickly.

According to dentists, a person should brush for a total of 2 minutes to ensure that every single tooth has really been cleaned properly and cleared of plaque. If you want to be more sure that your teeth are really getting the cleaning that they need, you can stretch your brushing to up to three minutes. Another problem, too, is brushing too long a certain section of your mouth and neglecting the other sections. To address this problem, you can divide your mouth into four quadrants and spend thirty seconds on each quadrant.

4. Brushing too much or too hard.

Too much of a good thing is bad so make sure that you stick to the after-ever-meal instruction that your dentist gave you and not brush way too often in a day. At the same time, exerting too much effort can also lead to complications. Aside from gingivitis, you can also wear out your teeth’s enamel which could lead to teeth sensitivity.

Visit your dentist in Fishers IN, Dr. Brent Moore.

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