It’s a new year, and even if you haven’t set any resolutions, it’s still normal to want to do better now than you did last year. Dentists in the Anderson SC community agree with that idea and that’s why they implore you to break these 7 bad brushing habits rather than taking them into 2017 with you:
- Using an old toothbrush. This year, change your old toothbrush as each season changes. That means getting a new toothbrush every 3-4 months because worn or frayed bristles are not effective enough to properly remove plaque.
- Brushing too fast. Treat yourself to a full, 2 minute brushing session at least twice each day. There’s no way to brush thoroughly if you’re not brushing long enough. Help yourself out by setting a timer if necessary.
- Brushing too hard. Go easy on your teeth and gums by brushing more gently. Scrubbing too forcefully won’t remove more plaque, but will erode the surface of your enamel and gums.
- Brushing too soon. Wait about 30 minutes to brush after an acidic meal, such as one that includes lemons or grapefruit because the acids can temporarily soften the surface of your enamel. Brushing when the enamel is soft can actually speed the erosion process. Instead, rinse with water or chew a piece of sugarless gum to neutralize the acids from your meal.
- Improper storage. Allow your toothbrush to air dry completely after brushing, and avoid closing a wet brush in an airtight container where bacteria can thrive.
- Using a hard brush. Select a toothbrush with soft bristles for a through, yet gentle cleaning. Avoid hard or medium bristles that are abrasive and more likely to cause tooth sensitivity.
- Brushing incorrectly. Adopt the proper brushing technique and focus the bristles along the gumline to eliminate plaque buildup. Remember to brush every surface of every tooth, not just the front sides.