Tooth-brushing Mistakes Patients Can Make

Written by Jeffery Platt on . Posted in Latest Posts

Patients choose hard bristles when we should all be using soft or extra soft to prevent gum damage and recession.  (Hard brushes are usually used on dentures, not human teeth.)  They brush too agressively even with a soft brush which will take its toll on gums and wear down tooth enamel.  When using a manual brush, do not press hard enough to splay the bristles.  If you are using an electric brush, simply turn it on and move it from tooth to tooth without pushing down.  You should be bushing for at least 2 minutes whether using a manual brush or an electric one.  Also be sure to brush your tongue since it harbors a lot of bacteria from what you eat and drink.  That bacteria can spread to your teeth, increasing the risk of cavities, gingivits, and noxious breath!  Make sure you brush the entire surface of your tongue–the front and the back.  If you are storing your toothbushes in a travel case you may think that you are protecting against germs, but this actually traps the bacteria.  Another no-no:  tossing your toothbrush in the dishwasher which can damage the bristles so they can’t do their job.  To be continued next week…



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