The Common Toothbrushing Mistakes (Part 2)

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Toothbrushing may be easy to do because everyone does it every day.  In truth, not a lot of people know how to properly brush their teeth.

woman tootbrushing in front of mirror

People don’t even know how to pick the right toothbrush. In this post, I will talk about 3 toothbrushing mistakes and how to correct them.

  1. You keep your toothbrush for too long.

  • A toothbrush is something we use every single day. Of course, it will get worn out. Eventually, the bristles get bent and the colors of your brush start to fade. You hold to it for too long.
  • When you notice the bristles changes, it’s time to buy another toothbrush. There’s no use of holding on to an overused toothbrush. It can no longer effectively clean your mouth, and it loses the strength to fight bacteria.
  • Its power is in the bristles so when the brush’s bristles come apart and become ragged, it’s time to get a new one. Remember, change it every 4 months.
  1. You scrub from left to right.
  • One common misconception is brushing your teeth from left to right. You scrub it like you are cleaning your floor tiles. No, that’s not the way to do it. Massage it gently, and do not scrub because scrubbing can lead to damage.
  • Dr. Sangeeta Gajendra of the Eastman Institute for Oral Health reminds everyone that the proper way to brush is to start from the gums. You should go up and down, and you should follow a circular motion when brushing.
  1. You missed the gum line.

  • Where do you the bacteria linger? They often remain on the areas where the tooth meets your gum. Often times, this section is forgotten.
  • That’s why you need a toothbrush with soft bristles in order to brush the area right under the gum. Only toothbrushes with a soft and thin bristle can productively accomplish this task.
  • Brushing also includes the area under the gum. We often just brush the tooth part, which is wrong. We spend brushing the surface that we miss another important area, which is the gum line.
  • The right angle.Dentists recommend brushing the gums on a 45-degree angle. After, go upwards to clean the whole tooth.
  • Up and down. It is best to brush starting from the bottom then head upwards. Remember, up, down, up, down. Not from left to right, okay?
  • Brush the tongue-side of your teeth. We often brush the surface and outer part of the teeth. We forget the inner part. So, brush the teeth near the tongue too because there are lots of food particles sitting there.

If there are places you can’t brush well, Algodones Dental Care can help you. All you need to do is schedule a dental cleaning. We accept by appointment and walk-in clients. In order to secure a slot, please call our hotline at (928) 888-1888, or email us at: Our friendly staff is ready to take your call!

Algodones Dental Care also offers effective solutions to the following dental problems: toothache, abscess, cracked teeth, tongue swelling, gum discoloration, facial swelling, lacerations, infections, and jaw pains.