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Which Brushing Mistakes Do We See the Most Often?

Posted on 3/8/2021 by Dr. Frank K. Sioda
Which Brushing Mistakes Do We See the Most Often?Because we routinely examine teeth, we have become experts at detecting common brushing mistakes. These mistakes can lead to gum recession, enamel wear, and problems with the build-up of tartar and plaque.

Common Brushing Mistakes

During some of our examinations, we may ask a patient about the type of toothbrush he or she uses, when and how often they brush, and what type of toothpaste they prefer to use. From their answers, we can confirm any errors they make while brushing their teeth. For example, when the enamel has eroded, or the gums begin to recede, it may be because a patient has been using too much force when they brush their teeth. Moreover, they can compound this problem even further when they use a toothbrush with medium or firm bristles. You should always use a toothbrush with soft bristles and brush gently, to prevent gum recession, enamel wear, decay, and gingivitis. If a patient uses an abrasive toothpaste, the problem can become even more severe. Only use a pea-sized amount of a non-abrasive toothpaste, which contains fluoride, to brush your teeth. We can also spot problems with the way a patient brushes. If he or she does not angle the brush along the gum line, the gum can become inflamed and infected.

How Long Do You Spend Brushing Your Teeth?

Not only should you use the right toothbrush and toothpaste to brush your teeth, but you also need to spend a sufficient amount of time brushing. That means you should allocate about 2 minutes to brushing each time you brush, which should be at least twice a day. If you are spending under a minute brushing, you are not giving the process enough time. Also, wait about an hour after eating before you brush, as brushing immediately after a meal or snack can erode the enamel.

Make sure you know how to brush correctly (using an up-and-down and circular motion - not a see-saw effect) and how to floss properly. If you have any questions about brushing your teeth, don't be afraid to ask. We can answer all your concerns and show you the correct brushing techniques. Give us a call today to book an exam and consultation.

Talk to one of our caring patient coordinators today to schedule an appointment.
Dr. Frank Sioda
18676 Willamette Dr. Suite 202
West Linn, OR 97068-1718

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