People who stay dedicated to an oral hygiene routine and brush their teeth twice every day probably think they couldn’t possibly make a mistake. Brushing your teeth is pretty simple and you've had a lot of practice, right? It actually is a simple process that only takes a few minutes every day. However, there may be more to brushing your teeth than you realize. In our West Chester dental office, we often see patients make tooth brushing mistakes that they don’t even know they’re making all the time.
With that in mind, we’ve outlined some common brushing mistakes below along with tips on how to overcome them:
Mistake #1: You Don’t Spend Enough Time Brushing
Unfortunately, this mistake is extremely common! Every toothbrushing session should last for at least two minutes. If you haven’t brushed your teeth for at least two minutes, you likely aren’t brushing your teeth thoroughly enough. If you have trouble adhering to a two-minute brushing time, try using an electric toothbrush with a timer or use your phone or watch to track the time while you brush.
Mistake #2: You Don’t Remember the Last Time You Replaced Your Toothbrush
To provide the best performance, your toothbrush needs regular replacement. You should purchase a new toothbrush at least every three months. However, if the bristles on your toothbrush begin to fray or look worn before that time, you should go ahead and get a new toothbrush.
Mistake #3: You Aren’t Including Flossing in Your Oral Hygiene Routine
You can’t keep your teeth and gums healthy with your toothbrush alone. Flossing is a necessary part of any oral hygiene routine. You should floss thoroughly at least once a day to remove plaque and food debris in places where your toothbrush can’t reach.
Mistake #4: You Aren’t Brushing with a Proper Technique
Simply brushing your teeth isn’t enough to keep them clean. You need to brush your teeth correctly, which means brushing your teeth gently and slowly while holding the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle. Use a circular motion when brushing and be sure to do a thorough job, covering every surface.
Preventive West Chester Dentistry
At the dental office of Joel R. Koch, DDS, we are here to help you with all your preventive dental care. Whether you need a cleaning and exam or advice on how to keep your teeth clean and healthy between appointments, we are happy to answer your questions. Please reach out to our West Chester dental team to schedule your preventive care appointment.