Just because you brush your teeth twice a day, that doesn’t guarantee you the best oral hygiene award. Have you been doing this habit wrong the whole time? Here are some of the most common mistakes people make when they brush their teeth:
Brushing Too Long
If you brush excessively, you could actually be doing more harm than good. By brushing more than three times per day or by brushing for longer than about two minutes at a time, you could be wearing on your enamel.
Most people start in the same place when they begin brushing instead of switching it up. When brushing becomes routine, people tend to become lazy, allowing for certain spots to get less attention each time you brush.
Brushing Only Your Teeth
Believe it or not, brushing only your teeth is the wrong way to brush. If you neglect to brush your tongue and cheeks, bad breath-causing bacteria will be left in your mouth.
Neglecting Your Toothbrush
It would make sense to clean the brush we use to clean our mouth everyday, wouldn’t it? If you don’t rinse your toothbrush after each use, germs and bacteria from your mouth will stay on the brush. Rinsing also helps get rid of old toothpaste, which can harden the bristles of the toothbrush. You should replace your toothbrush every three to four months according to the ADA.
Are You Due For Your Check-Up?
Regular check-up appointments should be scheduled about every six months. Your dentist can show you the proper way to brush your teeth at your appointment. Check-ups can also help detect many diseases, including cancer. Call us today at (248) 721-4502 to set up an appointment with Royal Oak dentist, Dr. Larry Duffield.