Are You Brushing Your Teeth Wrong?
Brushing your teeth is the highest priority in oral health! Brushing keeps your teeth healthy by using Fluoride, helps remove food particles and plaque from between your teeth to discourage tooth decay, and aids in preventing gingivitis! That said there are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to brushing…
Here are the Do’s and Don’ts of Brushing:
1. Don’t… Only Brush Once a Day
Instead: While most Dentists will advise you to brush after every meal, at
2. Don’t… Brush Too Often
Instead: Brush your teeth morning and night, and after meals. That’s it. That’s all we’re asking. For future reference, not every snack counts as a meal.
3. Don’t… Brush At a 90 Degree Angle
Brushing straight against the teeth is not actually the most effective way to clean the teeth.
Instead: Angle your brush to 45 Degrees. Most dental problems actually start at the gum line. Angle your toothbrush and brush closer to the gum line.
4. Don’t… Brush Straight Across
Brushing back-and-forth can result in your teeth becoming dull over time and can create ridges in your enamel.
Instead: Brush in a circular motion to protect your enamel.
5. Don’t… Brush Too Hard
We know that brushing harder feels like more is happening. However, brushing your teeth too hard will only damage them.
Instead: Be gentle. Protect your tooth enamel and gums.
6. Don’t… Use a Hard-Bristled Brush
Just because it feels rougher doesn’t mean it’s good for your teeth. You’re likely to do more damage and wear away your enamel by treating your teeth roughly.
Instead: Use a Soft-Bristled brush –
7. Don’t… Floss after you Brush
Flossing helps to free food particles and plaque from between your teeth. Doing this after you brush is not the best use of flossing.
Instead: Floss BEFORE your bush
Now that you know how to brush your teeth properly, we expect to see your beautiful smile looking especially bright! Happy Brushing!
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