Maintaining proper oral health goes beyond simply brushing our teeth twice a day; it’s also about using the right technique. Unfortunately, some of the habits we adopt, thinking they’re beneficial, can actually harm our teeth and gums. Here are three common habits to watch out for:

Brushing Too Hard:
Many believe that applying extra force while brushing leads to a cleaner mouth. However, brushing too hard can damage our oral health. Excessive pressure wears down enamel, making teeth more prone to cavities and sensitivity. Aggressive brushing can also irritate gums, causing them to recede and expose tooth roots. Instead, opt for gentle, circular motions with a soft-bristled toothbrush to effectively remove plaque without harming teeth and gums.

Sharing Your Toothbrush:
While sharing is caring, it’s not advisable for toothbrushes. Sharing a toothbrush introduces harmful germs and bacteria, leading to infections in the mouth and throat. Toothbrushes can harbor decay-causing bacteria, making it essential to use your own toothbrush for your health and others’.

Brushing Too Quickly:
In our fast-paced lives, it’s tempting to rush through tasks, including brushing teeth. However, a quick 45-second brush isn’t enough for proper oral care. Dentists recommend brushing for at least two minutes to thoroughly clean teeth and remove plaque and food particles. Taking the time to brush each tooth’s surface ensures effective cleaning and provides fluoride toothpaste’s protective benefits for tooth enamel.

To maintain optimal oral health, pay attention to brushing habits: avoid brushing too hard, never share your toothbrush, and take time to brush thoroughly. Your smile deserves the effort! Stay tuned to our blog for more oral care tips, and remember to schedule your next appointment with Tar Heel Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, your Raleigh NC Periodontist, for the best oral health results. We’re here to help you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile.

Tar Heel Periodontics and Implant Dentistry
Phone: (919) 844-7140
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10931 Strickland Rd.
Raleigh, NC 27615