Harmful Dental Brushing Habits

Some brushing habits can actually do more harm than good. The right brushing techniques can keep your smile healthy, beautiful and strong for life.

1. Take your time.
Four out of five people brush for a minute or less, but you need to brush for at least two minutes to remove the plaque and debris that coat your teeth and increase the risk of gum disease and tooth decay. Set a timer to ensure that you brush the minimum amount of time every time you brush.

2. Pay attention.
It can be easy to let put your brain on autopilot when brushing, but you do need to pay attention to what you are doing to make sure that you clean each surface thoroughly. Pay careful attention to the gum line and the surface of the molars, which are the areas that are most likely to collect debris and plaque.

3. Be gentle.
Scrubbing hard may seem like it will help you remove more bacteria, but it can also remove more enamel, the hard surface of your teeth. Once enamel has been destroyed, it cannot be restored. Brush gently to remove the plaque without damaging your teeth or gums.

4. Use the right motions.
Sawing back and forth can erode your enamel. Instead, use small circular motions to clean gently but efficiently.

5. Use a gentle fluoride toothpaste.
Whitening toothpastes are popular, but they can contain harsh cleansers and abrasives, which can damage your teeth and gums. Occasional use is fine, but using them too often can be a recipe for damage. Dr. Frame, our dentist in Santa Clara, can help you find more effective whitening solutions that can bleach away stains without hurting your teeth.

Give us a call today to learn more about good dental hygiene habits or to schedule your appointment with Dr. Frame, our expert in teeth cleaning in Santa Clara.

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