You think you have a pretty great smile, right? And you probably do! But are you taking care of it as best you can? Just because you brush your teeth twice a day like your dentist in Fairfax directs you to, doesn’t mean that you’re effectively reaching every spot in the mouth.
In this week’s blog post, we’re dedicated to improving brushing habits so that you can optimize your oral health. Continue reading to get the most out of your home care routine!
5 Mistakes Everyone Makes When Brushing Their Teeth
1. You Don’t Brush Your Teeth at the Right Time of Day.
If you haven’t heard it before, your dentist will tell you that you should be brushing your teeth twice a day—once in the morning when you first wake up and once at night before you lay down for the night. Brushing in the morning helps to remove bacteria that has been in your mouth festering overnight. Brushing at night removes all the lingering bacteria, food, and other debris from the mouth before you lay down.
2. You Might Not Have the Best Toothbrush.
Although any toothbrush is better than no toothbrush, you should still invest in one that will effectively clean your teeth. Electric toothbrushes are superior to manual toothbrushes in many ways. They typically have rotating bristles that clean teeth without too much of your own effort. Some of them have timers and other amenities that a manual brush just would not be able to compete with.
3. You Have the Wrong Bristles on Your Toothbrush.
Just because your toothbrush is firmer than other ones, doesn’t mean that it’s doing a better job of helping you care for your smile. In fact, it could be doing the opposite. Firmer bristles are more abrasive to your teeth and can cause your enamel to wear unnaturally. Your dentist recommends a softer toothbrush so that the bristles are more flexible to reach every area of the smile.
4. You Don’t Rinse Your Mouth Afterwards.
After you’ve gently brushed your teeth for two minutes, you’re usually left with a foamy ring around your mouth. You might be tempted to just spit in the sink and wipe your mouth, but you should always swish water in your mouth afterwards and spit the remaining materials down the drain. If you want an extra boost for your dental hygiene routine at home, try using an antimicrobial mouthwash to kill any lingering bacteria in your mouth. Plus, it’ll make your breath refreshingly minty.
5. You Forget to Replace Your Toothbrush.
Now that you’ve improved the technique of brushing your teeth, the final step is to make sure your dental tools are up to par. Every 3 months you should be replacing your old toothbrush or when the bristles start to fray from use. This helps to keep your dental tools clean so that they don’t add to the bacteria in your mouth.
If you have more questions about how to improve your oral hygiene routine at home, you can always ask your Fairfax dentist for helpful advice.
About Our Office
Here at Mosaic Smiles, we know that half the battle is handled by us with effective dental care and excellent services—but the other half of your smile’s health depends on your diligence at home. That’s why we work to support our patients by encouraging great hygiene practices at home. Give us a call today to learn more about how to improve your routine.