Bad Brushing Habits to Break
We are well into the New Year but, it’s never too late to start good habits. In the beginning of the year the ADA came out with some recommendations on breaking bad brushing habits. Are you a culprit of bad brushing?
~How often do you change your toothbrush?
You should not keep the same toothbrush more then 3 or 4 months. Make a promise to change your toothbrush every season.
~How long do your brush?
The average person brushes for only 45 seconds. You should brush a full two minutes.
~Are you brushing too hard?
Gentle brushes are all that is needed. Brushing with too much pressure can damage your gums.
~Do you brush right after you eat?
You should wait at least 60 minutes before brushing after you eat. Especially when eating acidic foods. Try chewing sugar free gum or drinking/swooshing with water while waiting.
~Where do you store your toothbrush?
You should keep your toothbrush upright and in the open where it can properly air dry. Avoid closed containers where germs can grow.
~Do you use a soft bristle toothbrush?
Soft bristle toothbrushes are safest. Make sure to be mindful and gentle especially where the gums and teeth meet. Dr. Valle always recommends soft bristle brushes.
~Are you brushing properly?
Make sure you are placing your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle to the gums. Use gentle circular motions. Thoroughly brush all surfaces of your teeth outer, inner and chewing.
Use a toothbrush that works best for you. There are many different toothbrushes out there to choose from including manual and power toothbrushes with a variety of different sized heads and handles. Use what’s most comfortable for you and if you have any questions please feel free to call the office.