Are There Mistakes in your Maintenance Routine?

  • Posted on: Jul 15 2017

Oral Hygiene & Overall HealthThere are numerous ways in which many of our daily tasks can be performed. For instance, we might wash the dishes by hand, or place them in the dishwasher. We might brush our teeth as soon as we wake up, or we may drink a tall glass of water first. When it comes to brushing, there are various nuances to performance. Because we are so used to this practice, we could easily fall into some bad habits that inhibit our results. Are you making these mistakes?

  1. Too much. Too much is always too much, no matter what we’re talking about. Tooth-brushing can go overboard in frequency and also in intensity. We are encouraged to brush twice a day. Sometimes, there is the benefit to brushing after meals. However, brushing more than three times a day could put you at risk for erosion. Intensity is also problematic because toothbrush bristles come into contact with gum tissue. If too much pressure is applied, abrasions will occur. This may also happen if you use a hard-bristled toothbrush. Switch to soft bristles, twice a day, gently.
  2. Too little. Where your tooth-brushing may need a little less, the care that you give to your toothbrush itself may need a little more. Where most people falter is the timing of toothbrush replacement. We get it. We’re all busy. It is easy to forget just how long you’ve been using the same toothbrush day in and day out. These instruments really should have an expiration date printed on them! In addition to changing toothbrushes every three to four months, it is also necessary to store a toothbrush out of the path of germs, but not so hidden that it cannot dry out in between uses. Some people place their toothbrush in a protective case. Without airing out, though, more germs may accumulate than you can imagine.
  3. It is necessary to pay attention when you’re brushing your teeth. The angle of the toothbrush should ideally be kept at a 45-degree angle to adequately reach all surfaces without too much force.

Daily care is integral to long-term oral health. We’re happy to demonstrate brushing technique during your next checkup and cleaning. To schedule your visit, call (616)458-0631.

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