Throughout your life, you’ve likely brushed your teeth thousands of times, and you’ve probably followed the same routine each time. However, are you certain you’re performing this vital task correctly?
At Designing Smiles Dentistry, we’re passionate about ensuring your oral health. In addition to delivering top-notch, comprehensive care, we’ve cultivated a welcoming and patient-centric environment to ensure every client feels comfortable. Whether it’s time for your children’s back-to-school checkup or you’re dealing with a toothache, we’re here to provide the expert service you need and expect.
Here are some common mistakes you might be making:
- Not brushing long enough: According to the American Dental Association, you should spend at least two minutes brushing your teeth. To get an accurate idea, set a timer, brush your teeth as usual, and observe what the timer indicates. You may find that you’ve been brushing for a shorter period than you thought.
- Not brushing frequently enough: Brushing only once in the morning or right before bedtime falls short of the recommended standard. You should brush your teeth at least twice a day. Your teeth continuously face bacteria and food particles, which lead to plaque formation on every tooth surface, making regular brushing essential.
- Poor timing: While enthusiasm for oral hygiene is commendable, it’s crucial to avoid brushing immediately after a meal. Waiting at least half an hour is recommended since your mouth becomes somewhat acidic after eating, leaving your enamel vulnerable to weakening and bacteria. If you can’t wait for 30 minutes, you can use water or mouthwash to neutralize the acid.
- Incorrect technique: To brush effectively, position your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gums. Then, use a circular motion to clean each tooth’s surface individually.
- Skipping flossing: Even if you’re diligent with brushing, failing to use dental floss means you’re missing out on cleaning many areas your toothbrush can’t reach. Plaque and food particles often hide between teeth and under your gum line, providing a breeding ground for tartar, gum disease, and bad breath.
Designing Smiles Dentistry has built a strong reputation for delivering exceptional care and providing compassionate service. We welcome new patients to our state-of-the-art facility, where you’ll find the best in modern dentistry. Please don’t hesitate to contact us to schedule an appointment. Your oral health is our priority, and we’re here to help you maintain it.