Tooth Brushing – Can You Be Doing It Wrong?

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We all know we should be brushing our teeth twice a day, once in the morning and again at night. But is there a chance we’re doing it all wrong? Could brushing your teeth the wrong way be harmful to your teeth?

The answer is yes; brushing your teeth consistently is not enough. We need to be brushing our teeth well to avoid gum recession (toothbrush abrasion and of course cavities. So, how do you brush your teeth well? Do you just brush harder?

Dental O So Gentle has highlighted some important tips to remember to help you brush your teeth well:

  • Use a 45-degree angle towards the gum line.
  • Use a circular motion when brushing the gum line. Never back and forth, up and down.
  • Use a back and forth motion only when brushing the biting (Occlusal) surfaces of your teeth.
  • When using a manual toothbrush always use one with a soft small head.
  • Brush your teeth for 2-3 minutes. Most people spend less than 45 seconds caring for their teeth when in reality it takes two to three minutes to properly brush all of your tooth surfaces.
  • Hard and medium toothbrushes cause trauma to soft tissues resulting in gum recession (toothbrush abrasion), which on occasion leaves you with sensitive roots.
  • Flossing is also crucial to clean the 35% of the tooth surface a brush is unable to reach. This should be included in your daily brushing routine.