How to ensure your dental routine isn’t damaging your teeth: 4 significant steps to make sure you are getting the most out of your brushing

Posted by Default Admin on 20 February 2016

Most of us wouldn’t even second guess the way we clean our teeth, as it is a natural part of our everyday lives. However, you may have established bad habits in your routine that could be causing cavities and gum disease. By making sure that you are doing it right, will lead to an overall more healthy and fresh mouth.


Here are some easy to follow tips, so you can achieve the best results for your oral health:













Choose the right tool

There are many different toothbrushes on the market, which can make it hard to know which one is the right one for you. Many dental professionals agree that a soft-bristled brush is most beneficial for removing debris and plaque from your teeth. Powered toothbrushes are also strongly recommended, as they make brushing easier and remove more plaque than regular toothbrushes. But make sure you pick whatever is best for your needs - comfort is key.

Don’t brush like crazy! 

In terms of brushing your teeth, you can actually overdo a good thing. Regular brushing is vital for healthy teeth and gums - however, you could be increasing the risk of oral health problems. Vigorously brushing your teeth poses the danger of abrasion to both your teeth and gums, as well as wearing down the enamel protecting your teeth. So try to make certain that you don’t apply too much pressure on your mouth when using your toothbrush. Overbrushing can also cause yur gums to bleed - your gums are much more sensitive than your think, so take care of them! 

Replace your brush when it is worn

It is recommended that you replace your brush every 3 to 4 months or sooner if the bristles are worn. A new brush can remove more plaque and is more efficient at keeping your mouth clean and healthy. Toothbrushes can also harbour many different types of bacteria from the mouth, which increase the risk of tooth decay and could also lead to viruses.

Brush your teeth using the correct technique

To effectively clean the plaque away and get to those hard to reach places, using the correct technique is crucial. During your cleaning routine, make sure that you are holding your brush at a 45-degree angle, using short strokes and making an up and down motion. Brush for at least 2 minutes as this will ensure that you are paying enough attention to hard to reach back teeth, the gumline, areas around filling, crowns or other restoration.