Tooth Brushing: Do You Make These Mistakes

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Naturally, you know that brushing your teeth is important. In fact, you probably know that you should brush twice a day for two minutes at a time—but did you know that many people have a few brushing habits that could be improved?

For example, did you know you could be damaging your gums if you brush too hard or use a toothbrush with bristles that are too firm? Similarly, did you know that you should buy a new toothbrush every three or four months? When choosing your new toothbrush, please choose one with soft bristles and a head you can navigate comfortably in your mouth.

Similarly, the toothpaste you use is important. For example, while there isn’t anything wrong with whitening toothpaste, it won’t help you fight tooth decay. To prevent this problem, alternate your whitening toothpaste with one containing fluoride.

Finally, do you spit your toothpaste out then rinse your mouth when you’re done brushing? If so, you’re right to spit your toothpaste out, but would you be surprised to learn that you don’t need to rinse your mouth out? In fact, if you keep the extra toothpaste in your mouth, you’ll be able to enjoy the benefits of fluoride even longer.

If you follow this advice, you’ll be able to get the most out of brushing. If you would like to learn more about the best way to brush, please don’t hesitate to contact Columbia Dental Excellence at 410-381-0505. Dr. Avi Mizrachi and our team are eager to hear from you.