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Common Teeth Brushing Mistakes

Teeth are something that you use quite often; thus, it should be a no-brainer that you need to keep up with your oral hygiene. And most of us do. Yet, research suggests that there are less than 50% of adults who actually brush their teeth twice and floss daily.


However, there are also times when you might be brushing your teeth the wrong way or not cleaning them as best as you can. Regardless of your current daily dental care practices, here are some brushing mistakes that you should absolutely avoid when caring for your teeth.


1. Using a Wrong Toothbrush

Choosing the wrong toothbrush is perhaps one of the most common mistakes that people make. You can consider using two types of toothbrushes, keeping your budget in mind: an electric toothbrush or a manual one. Buy whichever feels most comfortable and makes you want to brush regularly.

For a manual toothbrush, you are not likely to need any electric supply, batteries, or maintenance. Instead, you can just pop it to go anywhere without having to worry. They make little to no noise and give you complete control over your gums.

An electric one requires a power source or batteries. The brush has a rotating motion that makes it easier to clean between the teeth with built-in sensors to control how much pressure you’re putting on your teeth.

When buying a toothbrush, make sure you’re getting the correct one. The size of the brush’s head is essential, especially if you have a smaller mouth. You can also make sure the brush isn’t too heavy or too light for your use and that the bristles aren’t too firm that they make your gums bleed or too soft that they don’t do the job.


2. Not Brushing Your Teeth Long Enough

Two minutes is the recommended duration for a toothbrushing session. Anything shorter than this will not give the fluoride in your toothpaste enough time to attach to the enamel of your tooth.

You will be surprised after timing yourself to realize how long two minutes can be. But this time frame gives you a good enough opportunity to brush the parts of your mouth that get neglected. The goal is to have pearly white teeth in the front as well as back and sides of your mouth.


3. Brushing too Frequently

Although this might not seem like a mistake at first but brushing too long or too frequently can be bad news for your teeth’s enamel. This means you’re too abrasive on your teeth, which will damage or make your gums bleed.

Doing it for a long time will make your teeth extra sensitive and create other dental issues. Try using an electric toothbrush to sense how you are brushing your teeth and controlling the pressure.


If you’re on the lookout for experienced professionals with whom you can trust with your teeth, contact Goldsberry Orthodontics for a consultation.





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We have been providing high quality, state-of-the-art orthodontic care to the Salt Lake community for nearly 23 years. We have a reputation for excellent care and a positive experience for our patients.Dr. Bart Goldsberry and his friendly, knowledgeable staff look forward to helping you and your family achieve beautiful, functional, healthy smiles that will last a lifetime.


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