Gentle Dental of St. Clair Shores
26210 Harper Avenue, Suite 100, St. Clair Shores, MI 48081

Avoid Common Tooth Brushing Mistakes

Tooth Brushing

You probably learned to brush your teeth as a young child, and therefore feel you have had enough practice to really know how to do things right. However, the truth is that many people actually make some significant mistakes when it comes to their dental care, which can be harmful. Knowing which tooth brushing mistakes you may be making and how to avoid them is a great way to protect your dental health over the long term.

Of all the dental care missteps people make when it comes to tooth brushing, perhaps the most common one is using an unsuitable toothbrush. Every family dentistry expert will attest to the fact that the brush needs to be the right size and have a comfortable handle in order to be effective, but this is often not the case. If a toothbrush is selected carefully with these considerations kept in mind, it is more likely to be used regularly and correctly. Bristle stiffness is also a key factor, and the brush needs to strike the right balance between being firm enough to tackle plaque buildup and soft enough to prevent damage to the teeth and gums. When in doubt, it pays to seek product recommendations from your dentist in St. Clair Shores.

The time spent brushing is where many are making easily avoidable dental care mistakes. Brushing twice a day is the standard recommendation, with three being ideal. Long intervals between tooth brushing can allow harmful bacteria and plaque to form. Conversely, brushing too often may lead to exposure of the roots, and brushing too roughly can erode the protective tooth enamel. The best thing for proper dental care is to brush gently for two to three minutes, in long, horizontally angled strokes, two or three times per day.

Failure to brush with the proper technique is a common dilemma as well, but one that can be easily rectified. According to every affordable dentist, the best way to brush is to begin each session in a different part of the mouth to ensure thorough coverage of all teeth. Paying close attention to the inner surfaces of the teeth is vital, but something all too many tend to skip, causing them to encounter difficulty at their next visit to their dentist in St. Clair Shores.

Toothbrush maintenance, including thoroughly rinsing after brushing, allowing sufficient time for the brush to dry after use, and replacement of the toothbrush every three to four months, must be a priority to achieve optimal dental care.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in St. Clair Shores, call Gentle Dental of St. Clair Shores today at (248) 850-1809 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in St. Clair Shores. With 8 affiliated practices throughout Michigan, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental of St. Clair Shores, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Gentle Dental of St. Clair Shores. 

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