4 Things You May Be Doing During Your Toothbrushing Routine That Aren't Good For Your Teeth

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Like most adults, you have been brushing your teeth for many years and have gotten into a routine that you don't think much about. Because you have a routine, you may not notice that you're making some brushing mistakes that might cause problems for your dental health. Here are some things you may be doing that you should reconsider.

Using A Toothbrush with Firm Bristles

You may think that it doesn't really matter what kind of toothbrush you buy. If you do pay attention to the kind of bristles your brush has, you might opt for a brush that has firm bristles, thinking that it will allow you to scrub your teeth more effectively.

However, a toothbrush with firm bristles may be irritating to your gums. Not only that, but if you scrub too hard with a toothbrush with firm bristles, over time you might erode tooth enamel, making your teeth weaker.

Starting to Brush in the Same Spot

It is not surprising if, when you start brushing your teeth every day, you start at the same spot out of habit. However, doing this can lead to trouble because you might start out strong, brushing vigorously, but as you continue to brush, you may not give the rest of your teeth the same level of attention and finish them quickly. To make sure that you focus on all your teeth equally, make a conscious decision to start brushing in a different spot every time.

Not Watching Yourself

After brushing your teeth for so many years, you might brush your teeth without looking at yourself doing it. However, watching yourself brush helps you to keep your attention on your teeth. This attention will help you remember to brush each tooth and your gum line, and as you watch yourself in the mirror, you can ensure that you're using the proper technique as you brush.

Not Taking Enough Time to Brush

Many people rush through their brushing regime as part of their overall morning routine, but it's a good idea to leave about two minutes free for toothbrushing time. This will give you the time to clean all sides of every tooth.

Now that you know what you need to do to make your brushing regimen a good one, avoid the behaviors described above. Find a good dentist in your area who can help you improve your daily dental regimen so that your teeth can remain beautiful.

For more information, contact Silverado Family Dental or a similar location.


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