Bad Brushing Habits & How to Overcome Them

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Our dental team has noticed that there are several bad dental hygiene habits that many people share. Because of this, we would like to address these things and offer solutions. Our dentist and team are always willing to provide dental hygiene tips to help you improve your oral health.

Toothbrush Age
Many people fail to replace their toothbrush except when they go to the dentist. Dental appointments are usually scheduled every six months, but your toothbrush needs to be replaced every three to four months. Also, if your tooth brush’s bristles become frayed or broken, it may need to be replaced sooner.

Time Spent Brushing
Did you know that most people do not brush their teeth for long enough? The average person brushes their teeth for about 45 seconds, but we suggest that you brush your teeth for a full two minutes, twice each day.

Brushing After Meals
Brushing after you eat is a good idea, but brushing immediately after is often not. This is particularly true if you had something acidic, like soda or lemons. In this case, the tooth enamel would be weakened right after you eat. Because of this, we recommend that you wait about 30 minutes before brushing. Drinking water or chewing sugarless gum can help clean the mouth a little while you wait.

Toothbrush Storage
If you store your toothbrush in an enclosed place, stop. Your toothbrush should be stored upright in the open air so that germs and bacteria can’t grow on it as easily.

Toothbrush Bristles
Using a toothbrush with hard bristles can wear down the enamel of the teeth. Because of this, our dentist in Sugar Land, Texas, recommends that you use a soft-bristled brush.

We encourage you to contact C & C Dental at 281-201-4332 to learn more and to schedule an appointment with Dr. Teresa Cody.