In a recent survey, thirty percent of Americans admitted to brushing their teeth fewer times daily than  the recommended number of twice per day. This made us wonder: how many other common toothbrushing mistakes might Americans be making? If you do any of the things on this list, it’s time to make a change. Your smile will thank you for it.

common toothbrushing mistakes

Your Toothbrush is Too Hard

It’s hard to convert those with medium and hard toothbrushes over to the soft side, but the truth is that your oral health will improve because of it. Soft toothbrushes are gentle enough to brush against your gums without causing them to bleed. Medium and hard toothbrushes often cause damage to the gum line, and aren’t flexible enough to reach crevices between teeth. Because of this, bacteria and plaque build up in these areas, which leads to decay.

 

You Use Non-Fluoride Toothpaste/Mouthwash

Fluoride has a stigma in that many people think  it’s just for kids, but in actuality it’s great for all ages. Fluoride strengthens your enamel, which helps fight against tooth decay. Using a toothpaste and mouthwash containing fluoride helps shield your teeth from damage. It’s easy to find toothpaste and mouthwash containing fluoride at the store. Many popular brands have both a non-fluoride and a fluoride option, so double-check the label before purchasing.

flossing teeth

You Floss ~Occasionally~

This is a big one. There is a noticeable difference between people who floss daily and people who floss infrequently, or on occasion. Flossing removes bacteria and plaque buildup between the teeth and gums in places that a toothbrush can’t reach. This will make a huge difference in preventing gingivitis in the future. If you’re not a regular flosser, there is good news. It takes only about a week of daily flossing for a significant impact to be made in reversing the signs of gingivitis and building your gums’ tolerance, which will help them stop bleeding. So, there’s no better time to start than now.

 

A Sugar Land Dentist for A Beautiful Smile

If you make any of these common toothbrushing mistakes, it’s time to make a change. If you’re unsure about your oral hygiene, contact A Beautiful Smile at Lake Pointe in Sugar Land, Texas to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced dentists. We can evaluate your brushing habits to make sure your teeth are healthy and beautiful.