Tooth Brushing Mistakes

7 Mistakes You Might Be Making

You’re not brushing long enough. The ADA recommends brushing for two minutes, but many fall short and don’t even realize it. Our perception of how long we’re brushing is not very accurate. Take out the guesswork and use an electric toothbrush that beeps at reaching two minutes, or use a timer.

You might be brushing too hard. When you press hard against your teeth and gums, you feel that you’re really getting the teeth clean, but it can do harm. The point of brushing is to remove plaque which is sticky but also soft. Pushing too hard can over-stress the gum tissue and cause it to recede, exposing part of the tooth’s root. It can become sensitive to hot and cold, and be more susceptible to cavities than the hard enamel part of the tooth.

You’re brushing at the wrong angle. Brushing straight across isn’t the best way to brush. Hold the brush at a 45-degree angle—upward for your top teeth and downward for your bottom teeth—so the bristles can sweep and clean under the gum line. Gently brush your teeth in small circles. If you’re using an electric sonic toothbrush, you don’t need to angle the brush to 45 degrees or make circles. They’re designed to go straight on the tooth and you just hold it there for a few seconds.

Your toothbrush bristles are too firm. Drug store toothbrushes are often too harsh for your teeth and gums, so most dentists don’t recommend them. Instead, choose soft or ultra-soft bristles that can gently get down under the gum line. Hard and medium brushes don’t get under the gumline and can actually cause abrasions on the gum.

Your toothbrush head is too big. It should fit your mouth comfortably – and in most cases, smaller is better. Unless you have a large mouth, compact brush heads do a better job of helping you access hard-to-reach and hard-to-see molars.

You haven’t changed your toothbrush in a year. Bristles become splayed out, bent, and curved over time so when you angle your brush to 45 degrees, they no longer point in the right direction. The bristles turn softer and stop working as effectively. You must change your toothbrush every three months.

You don’t floss regularly. It is recommended to floss at least once daily, but most do not floss. Brushing alone is not enough, it reaches a little between teeth, and not removing all of the plaque. That’s where flossing come in.

Doing It Right in Downtown Seattle

Know more about the correct way of tooth-brushing, and flossing, as well, when you visit Smile Art in Seattle. Don’t put yourself at risk.