Overcoming Bad Brushing Habits

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We have 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 dental 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 more often. Dr. Stephen Coker recommends that you get a new toothbrush 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 (120 seconds), twice a day.

Brushing Pressure

Some people brush their teeth harder than they need to. You may think that this is harmless, but it can harm the tooth enamel and the gums. Make an effort to brush using gentle pressure to protect your teeth and gum health.

Toothbrush Storage

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

Toothbrush Bristles

Using a toothbrush with hard bristles can harm the enamel of the teeth. Because of this, our dentist in Cary, North Carolina, recommends that you use a soft-bristled toothbrush.

We encourage you to contact Parkway Dental at 919-380-9622 today to learn more and to set up an appointment.