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You’re brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once every day, which is wonderful. You’re on your way to ideal oral hygiene. You might not be aware, however, that there are some common teeth brushing habits that everyone should break if they want to improve their brushing technique. Dr. Dawn A. Wu and our team are more than happy to go over some of the bad brushing habits that you should break.

Getting Too Attached to Your Toothbrush
Have you had your toothbrush for a long time? You may not realize this, but your toothbrush should be replaced every three to four months. Do not wait to get a new toothbrush until you come in for your routine cleaning appointment. If your toothbrush’s bristles begin to fray or become broken, it’s a sign that the time has come to replace your toothbrush.

Brushing Too Quickly
Did you know that you should brush your teeth for a full two minutes twice a day? Did you also know that the average person only brushes for about 45 seconds? Try setting a timer or listening to a two-minute song while brushing your teeth.

Scrubbing Your Teeth
Many people use too much pressure when brushing their teeth. Using too much pressure, or scrubbing, can wear down the tooth enamel. This makes tooth decay more likely. Try thinking of brushing your teeth as massaging your teeth.

Brushing Too Soon After Meals
While brushing after meals is a great habit, try to wait at least 30 minutes. This is especially important if you had something acidic, like soda or lemons. Drinking water or chewing sugarless gum can help freshen your mouth a little while you wait.

Improper Toothbrush Storage
Keeping your toothbrush in a closed container like a drawer, cupboard or travel toothbrush holder isn’t the best idea. Let your toothbrush dry in the open air in an upright position so that germs can’t grow as easily.

Choosing a Toothbrush With Hard Bristles
Brushing your teeth with a hard-bristled toothbrush can wear down the tooth enamel. We suggest that you brush your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush.

We invite you to contact New Smile Dentistry at (972) 231-9591 today to learn more about dental hygiene in Richardson, Texas, and to schedule a visit with our dentist.