How Not to Brush Your Teeth

Posted Wednesday, Aug 8, 2012 by Allen B. Ury

How Not to Brush TeethYou know you need to brush your teeth regularly to prevent tooth decay, gum disease, bad breath and a host of other problems. But there’s a right way to brush teeth and a wrong way to brush teeth, and many of us are doing it wrong.

Here are the most common mistakes people make when brushing their teeth. How many are YOU guilty of?

Brushing only once a day. Many people believe only brushing teeth before bedtime is sufficient. It’s not. In the 24 hours between brushings, millions of bacteria can grow in your mouth, and significant amounts of plaque can form on your teeth. Most dentists recommend brushing twice a day: after breakfast and then before bedtime.

Brushing too often. If brushing twice a day is good, then three or four times must be better, right? Wrong. Too much brushing can wear away tooth enamel and irritate gums, which can lead to infection and inflammation. Again, twice is best.

Brushing your teeth at a 90-degree angle. If you’re like many people, you lay the brush head on the tooth surface and brush away. In fact, most dental problems don’t start on the tooth surface, but at the gumline. To get optimum results, tilt your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and brush close to the gums.

Brushing in a straight line. Brushing teeth should not be like sawing wood. Over time, brushing in a straight back-and-forth motion can wear ridges in your tooth enamel, making teeth rough and dull. Instead, brush in a circular motion. This not only minimizes wear and tear on your teeth, but also helps lift debris from the gumline to the surface where it can be more easily removed.

Brushing too roughly. Brushing teeth is not like sandpapering wood. You don’t want to use a lot of pressure. Being too rough with your toothbrush can damage tooth enamel and irritate your gums.

Using a stiff-bristled brush. Again, for you manly “rougher-is-better” types, using a stiff-bristled brush is likely to cause more harm than good. Using a medium to soft-bristled toothbrush will remove the same amount of debris while causing less trauma to your teeth and gums.

Flossing after brushing. You probably know it’s important to floss once a day to remove particles trapped between teeth and at the gumline. But if you’re flossing after brushing, you’re only realizing part of flossing’s benefits. Flossing before brushing exposes areas that can benefit from the fluoride in your toothpaste, which over time can improve your oral health.

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