Brushing teeth is not a big deal to most of us. It is something we can do even with our eyes closed. However, what we don’t realize is that, for the longest time, we could be doing it wrong. Toothbrush trauma is not exactly a new term in dentistry. Common causes of this are long horizontal brushing strokes, use of hard bristles and abrasive and/or excessive brushing.
Incorrect brushing methods could have been ingrained in us and already causing harm to our teeth and giving us gum disease. If this has become a habit, consider visiting your Houston dentist. He or she can show you the right brushing strokes and recommend the appropriate brushing frequency and time line. Your dentist is also capable of providing expert advice in selecting the right toothbrush and many other details we often overlook.
Generally, brushing should be done using short and gentle strokes. Except for the grinding areas, vertical strokes are the way to go. Do not forget to brush the gums and tongue as these spots also act as breeding ground for germs. Brush two to three times a day, preferably after breakfast and lunch and before you catch z’s at night. The bristles of the toothbrush should be soft and the edge, rounded.
Old habits die hard so even with the right information it’s still possible to fall into the trap of improper brushing. Try posting a note in your brushing area that will remind you of using proper techniques. You can also make it a fun activity; brush together with your spouse or kid so you can check if both of you are doing it right. It may be a hard habit to break but definitely not mission impossible.