Majority of American brush their teeth twice a day, morning and night. This is one of the easiest way to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. But could you be doing it wrong?
Dr. Tanquilut of Randallwood Dental discusses five of the most common bad brushing habits that many people form.
1. Using a side-to-side motion
A side-to-side or sawing motion can actually hurt the enamel of your teeth. Use a circular motion instead!
2. Not brushing long enough
Most people brush their teeth for a minute or less, but per ADA standards you should brush for at least two minutes to eliminate the entire bacterial film in your mouth. Nowadays many electronic toothbrushes have a timer, which makes it easier to keep track. To ensure you are getting to two minutes, time yourself!
3. Heavy brushing
Brushing your teeth with a heavy hand can damage the enamel or irritate your gums. You should be gentle, but energetic while brushing.
4. Being right or left handed
Right-handed people tend to clean the right side of their teeth better and left-handers the left side. Make sure you are giving equal attention to both sides, no matter which hand you brush with. Don’t ignore the gum line where the most tartar and plaque tend to buildup.
5. Too much whitening
Whitening toothpastes can do a great job of reducing stains on the teeth. However, they can be rough on the enamel of your teeth since they contain harsh and abrasive ingredients. Instead of using only whitening toothpaste, alternate. It is recommended that you use a whitening toothpaste in the morning and an ADA approved toothpaste at night, or use the whitening toothpaste for two weeks and then the ADA approved for two weeks.
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Routine dental exam is the best way to prevent cavities and detect serious dental problems including gum disease and oral cancer. Be sure to schedule your next dental appointment with Dr. Rene Tanquilut at Randallwood Dental. Call us today at (630) 280-3774 or via the contact form on our website at www.randallwooddental.comto schedule your next appointment. Our office is conveniently located to serve patients in the St Charles, Geneva, South Elgin and Batavia areas.