The Common Toothbrushing Mistakes (Part 1)

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Toothbrushing is something you do every day. When you think it is easy as pie, then, you are wrong. In fact, many people still commit toothbrushing mistakes.

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Well, we all want to maintain good set of pearly white teeth, right? So, let’s all correct these toothbrushing mistakes once and for all.

  1. Choosing the wrong toothbrush.

  • Let me ask you something, how do you choose your toothbrush? Do you get the cheapest one you could see? Do you pick a favorite color? Do you just randomly grab a toothbrush?
  • Kimberly Harms shared some advice about picking the right toothbrush and she mentioned to pick the toothbrush that is able to reach different parts of your mouth.
  • Whether it is a manual or an electric brush, be sure that it is able clean the various regions of your mouth. She also reiterated that an effective toothbrush has soft bristles.
  • Having soft bristles is a must. The bristles of your toothbrush should be able to bend in order to clean the in-between areas.
  • Another important factor is the toothbrush’s head. If you have a smaller mouth, then, having a large brush would not be the right one for you. Choose a toothbrush that fits you. Consider the ease of use and do not just buy it just because it’s a popular brand.
  • Dentists unanimously agree that the bristles are an important factor in order to adequately remove the bacteria and plaque. The plaque buildup can develop into several gum diseases. Ultimately, plaque will become that root cause of tooth decay.
  • Maricelle Abayon wants to correct the misconception that hard bristles are better. In reality, hard bristles will weaken the tooth structure. People think that the harder the bristles are more effective in cleaning. No, soft bristles are better!
  1. You brush too hard.

  • Most people think that the most efficient way to clean is to brush harder. Dr. Matt Messina reminds everyone to not brush TOO HARD. Don’t clean your teeth as if you are scrubbing the kitchen sink.
  • It’s one of the most common misconceptions. Remember that brushing too hard is NOT the right thing to do. Dr. Matt Messina adds that plaque is soft so scrubbing your teeth is unnecessary. It will cause more harm than good.
  • The right way is to “massage” your teeth. No need to intensely scrub as if you are polishing your bathroom tile.
  1. You are in a hurry.

  • Allocate at least 2 minutes every time you brush your teeth. There is NO need to rush. This is no contest on who can be the fastest. The next time you feel that you are doing it too fast. Stop and try to take it easy.
  • Matt Messina suggests using an egg timer. What also works? Your phone. Everyone can’t seem to put down their phones so take it with you and set the timer to 2 minutes. Then, softly massage your teeth until two minutes is up.

If you have more questions, you can talk to the dentists at Algodones Dental Care. Our friendly staff is ready to help you with any dental problems. To schedule a dental appointment, kindly call (928) 888-1888.