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Toothbrushing Mistake No.4

Toothbrushing Mistake No.4: “Brushing Too Often or Too Hard”

Toothbrushing Mistake 4

Although brushing is good for your overall oral hygiene, you should bear in mind that too much of it can also cause several problems. Brushing too often or too hard does not actually contribute to your dental health instead it can actually be harmful. Brushing too hard can cause your gums to deteriorate faster than expected.

Damaging the gums which hold the teeth in place can cause different misalignment problems. In order to avoid this situation, you should brush your teeth gently so as to remove plaque and debris without damaging the gums or eroding the enamel of your teeth.

On the other hand, brushing your teeth more than four times a day would seem compulsive according to Sesemann DDS, an Omaha dentist and president of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Doing so will expose the roots of your teeth to irritation. The trick according to Sesemann is to brush your teeth gently for two to three minutes and between two to three times daily. This way you can ensure that plaque build up is prevented while keeping the roots of your teeth safe and sound.

Overall, brushing too often or too hard is a common mistake for some people thinking that their teeth would be cleaner if they do so excessively not knowing that they are actually damaging them in the process. Always remember, everything in excess won’t do you any good and brushing your teeth is not an exception.

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Toothbrushing Mistake No.3

Toothbrushing Mistake No.3: “Not Brushing Often Enough or Long Enough”

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Not brushing often enough or long enough can cause faster degradation of teeth and gums. There’s actually a recommended duration and frequency when it comes to brushing. This ensures all the parts and areas of the mouth and teeth are covered. Brushing your teeth twice daily is good but three times per day is best according to Sesemann, DDS, and president of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Sesemann added that with the amount of time in between brushings, bacteria can build up which will in turn boost the risks of having gum inflammation and other related problems. Brushing after your meals (at least three times a day) will lessen the probability of gum diseases and tooth decay. It is also important to bear in mind the recommended duration of at least two minutes when brushing your teeth. You can actually divide your mouth into four quadrants and spend 30 minutes for each quadrant to make sure you are spending an equal brushing time for all your teeth.

Since most people fall short in both timelines (duration and frequency), it helps if you multi-task to take your mind off brushing. Two to three minutes will go faster if you watch TV while brushing or read a newspaper. In general, sticking to the recommended frequency and duration of brushing can help you preserve your teeth for the years to come.

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