The Do's and Do Not's of Brushing
Keeping in tune to the basics is important in anything you do, with that in mind here are some common mistakes people make when they are brushing.
DO: Brush twice a day for 2 minutes. Studies have shown a substantial amount of plaque can build up on teeth in less than 8 hours, so it is important to brush 2-3 times a day to keep those pearly whites healthy!
DO NOT: Skip a nighttime or morning brush.
DO: Use a pea size amount of toothpaste. This amount is enough to cover the surfaces of your teeth and keep them cavity free.
DO NOT: Use a "Nurdle" of toothpaste like you see in pictures and commercials. This amount of toothpaste is excessive, so you end up wasting most of it.
DO: Use a soft or ultra soft bristled brush. Your teeth are more round in shape than they are flat, therefore a softer brushed with reach areas a harder bristled brush won't.
DO NOT: Use a Medium or Hard brush. In addition to not cleaning as well, these brushes can wear away the enamel around your gumline making your teeth sensitive.
DO: Point the bristles of the tooth brush towards the gumline at a 45 degree angle. This allows the brush to properly clean the most common area that plaque builds up. At this angle, the brush should go a little below the gum tissue to clean out the gum pockets.
DO NOT: Hold the tooth flat against your tooth. This technique
DO: Use a sensitivity or mild toothpaste. Your toothpaste should not have an excessive amount of grit to it. Toothpastes do contain some mild abrasives to help clean the teeth but some contain more than others. The less the better as some abrasive toothpastes can wear away your enamel.
DO NOT: Always use a whitening or tartar control toothpaste. While using these on occasion can be helpful, using these are your only toothpaste will cause damage to your enamel as well as sensitivity in the long run.