Wrong Brushing Habits

Wrong Brushing Habits

It is so easy to go on autopilot when it comes to our daily habits. This can be a good thing if we have already established excellent habits. More often, though, it simply makes it easier for us to get sloppy, particularly if we are in a rush or are distracted. Brushing our teeth is a good example. Inadequate dental cleaning can have dire consequences for our oral health, so wrong brushing habits need to be nipped in the bud.

Brushing too quickly is one of the most common mistakes many of us make when brushing. We need to brush for at least two minutes in order to effectively remove plaque and bacteria from our teeth and along the gumline. As many as 80 percent of Americans are not brushing long enough. Odds are, you aren't brushing long enough, either. Time yourself to make sure you are spending plenty of time brushing your teeth, and floss afterward to remove the plaque buildup from between your teeth.

Overactive brushing can be as bad for your teeth as inattentive brushing, though. Brushing too hard and brushing with a side-to-side motion can both damage delicate enamel. Instead, use a soft-bristled toothbrush, and be gentle while brushing. Use a circular motion in order to effectively clean teeth without irritating gums or damaging enamel.

Finally, avoid using whitening toothpastes on a daily basis. While whitening toothpastes are effective at polishing away surface stains, regular use can damage teeth since they tend to be highly abrasive.

To learn more about how you can maintain efficient brushing habits that keep your teeth clean and healthy, contact our Los Angeles dentist today to schedule a consultation.