Teeth cleaning wards off disease and tooth enamel loss. Properly cleaning your teeth is the best way to ensure that your teeth last as long as possible. However, just brushing isn’t enough. The quality of your brushing matters, too.
Many well-intentioned folks think they’re brushing their teeth correctly, but common mistakes could land you in the dental chair for restorations and tooth extractions.
Here are four things you should consider when it comes to teeth cleaning.
Brushing Too Soon After Eating
While it is important to brush after meals, you shouldn’t brush right after eating. Instead, wait at least 30 minutes to brush your teeth. Oral bacteria feed on food molecules. As they feed, they release acids as a byproduct, which temporarily softens our teeth. Brushing while tooth enamel is softened could lead to permanent dental damage.
Brushing Too Vigorously
Applying too much pressure on your teeth when brushing is a serious no-no. Bearing down on your teeth with vigorous brushing could cause irreversible damage to your tooth enamel. Instead, make a concerted effort to brush your teeth in gentle, circular motions.
Brushing for Less than Two Minutes
If you’re brushing for less than two minutes, you are not cleaning your mouth thoroughly. It takes about two minutes to remove surface debris from teeth and gums. You should also brush your tongue, the roof of your mouth, and the insides of your cheeks since harmful bacteria can live on soft tissues, too.
Storing A Toothbrush Improperly
A toothbrush can harbor nasty bacteria, especially when it is stored improperly between uses. Toothbrushes should be stored in an upright position between teeth cleaning. This helps dry the bristles. Wet bristles are a breeding ground for bacterial growth.
Be sure to change your toothbrush regularly. We recommend using a new brush or brush head every three months.
In addition to practicing proper oral hygiene, you should receive checkups and teeth cleanings twice a year. If it’s time to schedule your next visit, contact the office of Dr. Barry Buchanan today.