Brushing Mistakes That Can Damage Your Teeth

Brushing your teeth is among the easiest ways to protect your dental health, but did you know that some brushing habits can do more harm than good? Dr. Frame, our Santa Clara dentist, makes dental hygiene recommendations at routine checkups so that patients can get the most out of their daily routine, but there are some things that you need to stop now to prevent further damage.

1. Brushing too fast
You should brush for at least two to three minutes and focus on cleaning all surfaces of your teeth. Speeding through your brushing routine can mean that you are missing spots or inadequately cleaning. Use a timer to help you better track your brushing.

2. Brushing the wrong places
Your teeth have three visible surfaces, and you need to brush each of these in order to properly clean them. You also need to focus particularly on the gum line where plaque and bacteria are most likely to accumulate.

3. Brushing too hard
Toothbrushes with hard bristles or a firm brush stroke does not clean your teeth better, but it can scratch and damage your enamel. Use a soft-bristled brush and small circular motions to clean your teeth gently but effectively.

4. Using the wrong toothpaste
Look for a toothpaste with fluoride to strengthen your enamel with a flavor and texture that is most appealing to you.

5. Failing to floss
You can brush most of the surfaces of your teeth, but toothbrush bristles just cannot get between your teeth. Floss is far more effective for cleaning between your teeth and along your gum line.

Give us a call today to find out more about keeping your teeth clean and healthy or to schedule your next checkup with Dr. Alan Frame, our expert in dental cleaning in Santa Clara.

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